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LOND N A N U N 1 . W V O R K 

Ward & Co., Limp 



HE design of this work is to serve as the record of a congre- 
gational history which has extended over the space of two 
hundred and forty-five years. 

During this period, events and changes of an interesting 
character, and some of public importance, have occurred. They will be found 
here narrated, it is believed, with accuracy ; and, it is hoped, in that spirit 
of Christian liberality which is not the least valuable fruit of the study of 


vA the past 

The immediate occasion of the volume was the occurrence of the Centennial 
of the erection of the present meeting-house of the congregation — an event 
celebrated in the year 1883. The incidents of the celebration tended naturally 
to revive the memories of an ancient foundation, which, while it has ever held 
the warm love of those worshipping within its sanctuary, has always retained 
the respect of those outside. 

In the publication of this book, not the least pleasing feature is the presence, 
upon the list of subscribers, of the names of a large number of honoured 

interest in its historic memorials. 

To all who in this or in any other manner have aided the completion of 
the work, the thanks of the congregation are very heartily tendered. 


Preface .......... 

List of Subscribers to the Work ...... 

Chapter I— What our Religious Community has done for Belfast 

,, II — Historic Landmarks in the Career of our own Congregation 

,, III — How the Doctrines we hold have grown out of the Principles which 

„ IV — What our Religious Life has been and ought to be 

Roll of Ministers from 1642 to 1887, with Biographical Particulars 

Baptismal Register from 1757 to 1790 ..... 

Funeral Register, 17 12 to 1736 ..... 

Earliest list of Members, 1760 ...... 

Earliest complete list of Constituents, 1775 .... 

Subscribers to Building Fund, 1781 .... 

"The Ladys of Belfast" subscribing for the New Pulpit, 1783 

Dr. Bruce's MS. list of Members, 1790 ..... 

First printed list of Constituents, 1812 .... 

Constituents when Rev. J. Scott Porter began Ministry, 183 1 

Constituents when Rev. A. Gordon received Call, 1877 

Additional Notes as to early Ministers .... 

Annals of the Congregation from 1636 to 1886 

Treasurers, Sextons, Singing-Clerks, Secretaries, Organists 

Subscribers to " Central Hall," 1883 ..... 

Appendix — Presentation to Mr. George K. Smith ; Centennial Celebration, 1883 








Xist of 3llustrations 

William Bruce, D.D. (added by favour of the 

Misses Bruce) . . . (Frontispiece) 

Porch, First Presbyterian Church, with Memorial 

Tablet to Charles Hamilton (died 1792) . . 1 

Arms of Belfast ....... 9 

Arms of Carrickfergus 10 

Inscription on Old Plate 13 

Trade Tokens 13 

Old Psalm Book 14 

Fly-leaf Inscription in Psalm Book .... 14 

Old Silver Communion Cups . . . . 17 

Inscriptions on Cups ...... 18 

Exterior, First Presbyterian Church, 1S02 . . 20 

Gallery and Organ, 1S81 21 

Pulpit, and Table made from Sounding Board . 22 

Jeremy Taylor (from an old portrait) ... 23 

James Crombie, D.D 24 

Mural Tablets to Rev. John Scott Porter and Rev. 

Wm. Bruce, A.B 25 

Thomas Emlyn (full page) 27 

William Ellery Channing 33 

Mural Monument to Rev. Wm. Bruce, D.D. . 35 

Device of Ulster Unitarian Christian Association . 35 

John Scott Porter (full page) ... 37 

* Key:— F. D. Ward— J. W. Russell— Bown 

William Bruce, A.B. (by favour of the Misses Bruce) . 40 

Monument to William Tennent .... 41 

Interior, First Presbyterian Church, 18S6 ... 42 

Mural Monument to John H. Houston . . 43 

Memorial Tablet to Samuel Thomson, M.D. . . 44 

Memorial Tablet to John Martin .... 45 

Vestry 45 

Memorial Tablet to Alithea Ferguson ... 46 

Memorial Tablet to Ellen Mercer .... 47 

Memorial Tablet to John and Annabella Riddel . 4S 
Memorial Window to Michael Andrews (full 

page) 49 

Memorial Tablet to Robert Patterson, F.R.S. . 51 

Alexander Gordon, M.A 52 

Memorial Window to Samuel Martin (full page) 95 
Memorial Window to Rev. Thomas Dix Hincks, 

LL.D., M.R.I. A. (full page) . . . . 113 
Memorial Window to John Galt Smith (full 

page) 119 

Exterior, First Presbyterian Church, 1S87 . . 124 

George Kennedy Smith, photographed by Jas. 

Magill (full page) 129 

Members of Committee, &c, photographed by Jas. 

Magill (full page) * 13, 

1 Malcolm-John Rogers— W. T. Hamilton— J. R. M 
Nicholas Oakman 
Jas. Can— Geo. K. Smith-E. J. Harland, Bart.— Fredk. Little-Saml. Riddel— Wm. Spackman 

H. F. Thoma 

Xist of Subscribers 


"Historic Memorials of the First Presbyterian Church of Belfast 

Allen, George, J. P., Mountpanther, ... 

Allen, William J. C, J. P. {late), Faunoran, 

Allman, James Clugston, J. P., Park, Bandon, 
County Cork, 

Andrews, Mrs., Comber, 

Andrews, Hon. Mr. Justice, 51, Lower Leeson 
Street, Dublin, 

Andrews, Mrs., Ardoyne, Belfast, 

Andrews, Thomas, Ardara, Comber, 

Andrews, George, Ardoyne, Belfast, ... 

Andrews, Samuel, J. P., Sea View, Belfast, ... 

Archer, Henry, J.P., Orlands, Carrickfergus,... 

Armstrong, Major, Woking, Surrey, ... 

Armstrong, Rev. George Allman, B.A., Dublin, 

Armstrong, Henry Bruce, Union Club, Tra- 
falgar Square, London, 

Armstrong, Robert Bruce, Junior Carlton 
Club, Pall Mall, London, 

Armstrong, Arthur, Glenavy 

Arthur, Miss, 64, Apsley Place, Belfast, 

Bailie-Gage, Thomas R., General Post Office, 


Barbour, James, J. P., Ardville, Holy wood, ... 

Barbour, John D, J. P., Lisburn, 

Barbour, John, Marlborough Park, Belfast, ... 
Beale, Miss Catherine Hutton, Highfield, 

Chester, near Birmingham, 
Bell, Mrs., Elmwood Terrace, Belfast, 
Benn,Miss Harriet, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, 
Blackley, Mrs. Jane (/<7/r),Sandymount, Belfast, 
Blackwood, James T., J.P., Ulster Bank, Belfast, 
Boadle, John Ward, Birkenhead, Liverpool, 
Bowles, Charles, J. P., Windsor Avenue, Belfast, 
Boyd, Wm. Sinclair, Ravenscroft, Bloomfield, 
Boyle, Wallace (late), Adelaide Terrace, Belfast, 
Brigs, Henry, Surveyor of Customs, Dublin, 
Broughton, Frederick, Chicago, 
Brown, Tohn Shaw, J. P., 12, Bedford Street, 


Bruce, Miss, The Farm, Belfast, 

Bruce, Miss Charlotte, The Farm, Belfast, ... 
Bruce, James, J. P., D.L., Thorndale, Belfast, 
Bruce, Miss Jane E., The Farm, Belfast, ... 
Bruce, Miss Eliza, The Farm, Belfast, 
Bruce, William R., Master of Queen's Bench, 

Rockford, Blackrock, 
Bruce, Samuel, Norton Hall, Campden, 


Campbell, Miss, Windsor Avenue, Belfast, ... 
Campbell, Rev. Robert, Wellington Park 

Terrace, Belfast, 

Campbell, Nathaniel A., Lisburn Road, Belfast, 
Campbell, John, Lennoxvale, Belfast, 
Campbell, John, Rathfern, Whiteabbey, 
Carey, Mrs., St. Leonards, Warrenpoint, 
Carlisle, Mrs., Ashbourne, Strandtown, 

Carr, James, Ulster Bank, Belfast, 

Carroll, B. Hobson, Mus. Doc, T.C.D., 

West Elmwood, Belfast, 

Carruthers, Miss, Belfast, .. 

Chappell, Mrs., Newtownards, 

Christie, John, Glenview, Crumlin, 

Clarke, Edward Harris, Elmwood, Belfast, ... 
Coey, Sir Edward, Kt, J. P., D.L., Merville, 

Whitehouse, ... 

Collins, Robert, C E., Fortwilliam Terrace, 


Combe, Abram, Arlington, Belfast, 

Conkey, Joseph, Dunmurry, ... ... ... 

Connor, Charles Cunningham, J. P., Linen 

Hall, Belfast, 

Conrad, William, New York, 

Corry, Sir James Porter, Bart., J. P., M.P., 


Cowan, Sir Edward Porter, Kt., J. P., 

H M. Lieutenant, Craigavad, Co. Down, 
Cronne, James, Posnett Street, Belfast, 
Crooks, Rev. English, Bally clare, 

Dickson, John, Church Lane, Belfast, 
I Dobbin, Leonard, sen., 50, King Street, Cork, 


Drennan, Lenox, Prospect Terrace, Belfast,... 
Duffin, Adam, M. A. .University Terrace, Belfast, 
Duffin, Charles, jun., Danesfort, Belfast, 
Dugan, John J , Claremont Street, Belfast, ... 
Dunkerley, Rev. Thomas, The Manse, Comber, 

County Down, 

Dunville, Mrs., London, 

Dunville, Robert G., J.P., D.L., Redburn, 


Evans, Silas, 3, Upper Crescent, Belfast, 
Ewart, William, M.P., Glenmachan, Strand- 
town, Belfast, ... ... 

Ewart, Lavens M., Ballysillan, Belfast, 

Fennell, William J., M.R.I A., Chichester 
Street, Belfast, 

Fenton, Samuel G., J. P., Edenbank, Windsor 
Avenue, Belfast, 

Ferguson, Miss, Donegall Street, Belfast, 

Ferguson, Henry, Belfast, 

Ferguson, Henry S., M D., Belfast, 

Forsythe, Miss, Alfred Terrace, Mountpottinger, 

Gait, James, Ballyclare, 

Gait, John, Larne 

Gait, Robert, Doagh 

Gamble, James, 5, Royal Terrace, Belfast, ... 

Garrett, E. W., The Temple, London, 

Garrett, Mrs. Thomas, Scarsdale Villa, Ken- 
sington, London, W., 

Gibson, William, Donegall Place, Belfast, ... 

Girdwood, H. M., -Manchester, 

Glass, Hugh, Ban bridge,- 

Gordon, Rev. Alexander, M.A., 9, Upper 
Crescent, Belfast, ... 

Gordon, Alexander (Professor), M.D., Queen's 
College, Belfast, 

Gordon, Mrs., Kenilworth, ... 

Gordon, Mrs. Ellen W., Whiterock, Belfast,... 

Gordon, Miss Alicia, Belfast, 

Gordon, Rev. David, Downpatrick, ... 

Gorman, Rev. T. Murray, M. A., Oxford, 

Graham, James, Abbotscroft Terrace, Belfast, 

Gray, Mrs. (/ate), College Square North, Belfast, 

Gregg, James, Ballyclare, 

Greer, Edward, J. P., Moygannon, Rostrevor, 


Hall, William, Springfield Works, Belfast, ... 

Hall, Rev. James, Glenarm 

Ham, Rev. J. Panton, 71, Parliament Hill 

Road, Hampstead, London, 
Hamilton, William T., Wellington Park, Belfast, 
Hancock, William, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, ... 
Hannah, Miss, Wilmont Terrace, Belfast, ... 
Harland, Sir Edward James, Bart., J. P., Ormis- 

ton, Strandtown, High Sheriff, Co. Down 5 

Hartley, Mrs. William, University Crescent, 


Haughton, Thomas, J P., Banford House, 


Heron, William C, J.P., Mary field, Holywood, 

Heyn, James A. M., Belfast, 

Hill, Thomas, Ballyclare, 

Hogg, John, Academy Street, Belfast, 
Hollins, Mrs. W., Pleasley Vale, Mansfield, 


Horner, George, J. P., The Lodge, Belfast, ... 
Houston, John Blakiston, D.L., Orangefield, 


Hunter, Mrs. (/ate), Lanneven, Knock, 
Hunter, Miss Charlotte, Holywood,... 

Hunter, Miss, Ballycarry, 

Hurst, Wm. J., J. P., Drumaness, Ballynahinch, 
Hutton, Mrs. Lucius, 8, Fitzwilliam Place, 

Dublin, ... 

Hutton, John, J. P., Legamaddy, Downpatrick, 

Jardine, William, jun., Belfast, 

Jellie, John, J. P., Carrickfergus, 

Jeremy, Rev. Daniel Davies, M.A., 4, Appian 

Way, Dublin, 

Johns, Alexander, J. P., Belfast Bank, Belfast, 
Johnson, Sir William Gillilan, D.L. (late), 


Johnston, William, York Street, Belfast, 

Johnston, John, Richmond, Belfast, 

Jones, Sir Thomas Alfred, President Royal 

Hibernian Academy, 

Ked wards, Rev. J., Douglas, Isle of Man, ... 
Kelly, Rev. John A., Rademon, Crossgar, ... 
Kennedy, James, Richmond Lodge, Belfast, 
Kennedy, Miss, 42, Fitzroy Avenue, Belfast, 
Kennedy, Victor Coates, J. P., Clonard House, 


Kennedy, William H. (/to), May Street, Belfast, 

Kennedy, Rev. James, Larne, 

Kerr, J. King, M.D., Holmlands, Essex, 
Kidd, George W., M.D., 5S, Merrion Square, 


Kirker, Archibald M., Cultra, 

Laird, Joseph, Ballyclare, ... 

Laird, Marshall, Clifton Park, Belfast, 
Lawrence, Sir James C, 75, Lancaster Gate, 

London, ... 

Ledlie, Mrs. George, Allworthy Avenue, Belfast, 
Ledlie, James C, Endsleigh, Cork, ... , ... 
Library, First Presbyterian Church, Belfast,... 
Library, Dr. Williams's, Grafton Street, Gower 

Street, London, ... 
Liddell, William, J. P., Donacloney, Lurgan, 
Lincoln, Mrs., 91, South Circular Road, 

Dublin, ' 


Little, Frederick, West Elmwood,,Belfast, ... 2 
Lowry, Charles, Upper Frank Street, Mount- 

pottinger, ... ... ... ... ... 1 

Luke, William J., Ponsonby Avenue, Belfast, 1 

Lynn, Mrs., Ballyclare, 1 

Macartney, John Wm. Ellison, D.L., Clogher 

Park, Clogher, County Tyrone, ... .. 1 

Macartney, William Ellison, M P., Clogher Park, 

Clogher, 1 

MacLaine, Alex., J. P., Queen's Elms, Belfast, 1 
Macrory, Mrs., West Elmwood, Belfast, ... 1 
Macrory, Miss, Wes^ Elmwood, Belfast, ... 1 
Macrory, Robert A., Belfast, ... ... ... 2 

Malcolm, William H., Holywood, ... ... 1 

Malcolm, Mrs. Andrew G., 63, Atlantic Avenue, 

Belfast 1 

Malcolm, Bowman, Richmond, Belfast, ... 3 
Malcolm, James, J. P., D.L., Lurgan, ... 1 

Manley, Henry C, M.D., Whitehouse, ... 1 

Manley, Hugh C, Belfast, 1 

Masaroon, W. R , Junior Carlton Club, Lon- 
don, S.W., 2 

Mercer, William S. {late), Linen Hall Street, 


Millar, Miss, Lisburn, 

Montgomery, John, Dunmurry, 
Moore, Rev. Hugh, Yew Villa, Newtownards, 
Moore, James, College Gardens, Belfast, 
Morgan, John, 36, Lower Gardiner Street, 


Morrow, James, Ulster Bank, Larne,... 
Murland, Clotworthy \V., Annsborough, Castle- 


Murland, James Wm., J. P., Chairman G. N. R., 

Ireland, Nutley, Booterstown, Dublin, ... 
Murland, Charles, J. P., Ardnabannon, Castle- 


Murland, James, Crown Solicitor, Downpatrick, 
Murray, Henry, Albert Place, Belfast, 
Murray, Robert, Albion Place, Belfast, 
Musgrave, James, J. P., Drumglas, Belfast, ... 
Musgrave, John R.. D.L., J. P., Drumglas, 

"Belfast, 5 

M'Alester, Rev. Charles J., Beechcroft, Holy- 
wood, ... ... ... ... ... 2 

M'Auliffe, George, J.P., Greenisland, ... 5 

M'Calmont, Captain. M P., Ulster Club,Belfast, 1 

M'Cance, Finlay, J.P., Suffolk, Dunmurry, ... 2 

M'Cance, Henry J., J. P., Larkfield, Dunmurry, 3 

M'Cann, Alexander, Chichester Street, Belfast, 1 

M'Caw, Rev. John (/ate), Lisbane, Lisburn, ... 1 

M'Caw, Mrs., Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, ... 1 
M'Caw, James Frazer, College Square North, 

Belfast, " 2 

M'Clelland, Andrew, J. P., Belmont, Banbridge, 1 

M'Cloy, James, Kenbella Avenue, Belfast, ... 1 

M'Clure, Sir Thomas, Bart., V.L. County 

Down, Belmont, Belfast, 

M'Connell, John, J. P., Comber, 

M'Crum, Robert, Pakenham Street, Belfast, 
M'Crum, Robert, G, J P., Milford, Armagh,... 
M'Cully, Miss Frances Mary, Belfast, 
M'Ervel, Edward J., 31, Rugby Road, Belfast, 
M'Ervel, William, J P., Castlederg, Co. Tyrone, 
M'Ervel, Daniel, Crumlin, 
M'Ervel, James, The Knock, Belfast, 
M'Ervel, Thomas, Almeida House, Strandtown, 
M'Fadden, William H., Wellington Park, 


M'Fadden, James, Portadown, 

M'Giffen, R., Antrim Terrace, Belfast, 

M-Gimpsey, Hugh, Belfast, 

MKane, John, LL.D. (late), Dublin, 
M'Keag, Miss, Frederick Street, Belfast, 
M'Kinstry, Miss (late), Carrickfergus, 
M'Kisack, James, Holywood, 
M'Mordie, Hans, M.A., LL.D., 51, Blessing- 
ton Street, Dublin, 

M'Ninch, William, 29, Lonsdale Street, Belfast, 
M'Tear, Miss, 3, Richmond, Cave Hill Road, 


M'Tear, John Smith, Solicitor, The Castle, 


M'Tear, Miss F. M., 3 Richmond, Cave Hill 

Road, Belfast, 

M'Tear, George, Liverpool, 

M'Tear, Thomas, Hughenden Terrace, Belfast, 
M'Tear, Miss (late), Abbotscroft, Whiteabbey, 
M'Tear, David, Mountcharles, Belfast, 

Neill, Henry James, Rockport, Craigavad, ... 
Neill, Sharman D., Donegall Place, Belfast,... 
Nelson, William J., Academy Street, Belfast, 

Nelson, Omar C, Craigavad, 

Nelson, David, J. P., Larne, 

Nelson, Rev. Samuel C, Downpatrick, 
Nelson, Hon. Hugh, Ottawa,... 

Oakman, Nicholas, Prospect Terrace, Belfast, 
Orr, James P., Malone Park, Belfast, 
Orr, Gawin, M.D., Ballylesson, Lisburn, 

Palmer, Alexander (late), Little York Street, 

Patterson, William H., M.R.I. A., Garranard, 
Strandtown, ... ... 

Patterson, Robt. Lloyd,J.P.,F.L.S., Holywood, 

Patterson, Mrs., sen., Holywood, 

Patterson, Richard, Kilmore, Holywood, 

Perry, Joseph, Downpatrick, ... 

Pim. Toshua, Belfast, 

Pirn, Wakefield, High Street, Belfast, 

Pollard, Rev. Joseph, London, 

Porter, Miss, College Square East, Belfast, ... 


Porter, Drummond, College Sq. East, Belfast, 2 
Porter, Right Hon. Andrew Marshall, Master 

of the Rolls, 8, Merrion Square, Dublin, 3 
Porter, Rev. Classon {late), Ballygally Castle, 

Larne, ... ... ... ... ... 1 

Preston, Sir John, Kt, J. P., Dunmore, Belfast, 2 
Preston, George J., Whiteabbey, 
Pring, Richard W., Firmount, Belfast, 

Rafter, W. P., 22, Wellington Place, Belfast, 
Rankin, Robert R., The Mount, Mount- 

pottinger, ... 

Reford, Robt., 23, St. Sacrament St.. Montreal, 

Rice, John, Belfast, 

Rice, Mercer, Coningsby,Craigo Road, Belfast, 
Rice, Richard, Lucyville, Whitehou e, 
Richardson, Charles H., Shrub Hill, New- 

Riddel, William, J. P., Beechmount, Belfast, 
Riddel, Mrs. Edward, Hughenden Terrace, 


Riddel, Samuel, Beechmount, Belfast, 
Ritchie, Thomas, Seaview, Belfast, ... 
Robb, Alexander {late), Frederick Terrace, 


Roberts, William, Dunmurry, 

Roberts, James, 21, Vernon Street, Belfast, ... 
Robertson, William, J. P., Netherleigh, Strand- 
town, ... ... 

Robertson, William, jun., University Square, 


Robinson, William A.,Culloden House, Cultra, 
Roche, Mrs. William J., 66, Clifton Park 

Avenue, Belfast, 

Roche, Edmund B., 66, Clifton Park Avenue, 


Rogers, John, Windsor Avenue, Belfast, 

Rogers, Thomas, Belfast, 

Russell, John W., Wilmont Terrace, Belfast, 

Salvage, John S., Clifton, Bangor, 

Scott, Miss, 4, The Mount, Mountpottinger, .. 

Shattock, James May, Bristol, 

Shillington, John J., J. P., Glenmachan Tower, 

County Down, 
Simms, William, jun., Ballyclare, 
Sinclair, George, 1 1 2, Wellwood Place, Mount- 

Smith, George Kennedy {late), The Castle, 


Smith, John Gait, St. Leonard St., New York, 
Smith, Samuel, Bank of Liverpool, Liverpool, 
Smith, Robert, 7, Palmerston Street, Belfast, 
Smith, Mrs. H. Southwood, Holm wood, Surrey, 
Smyth, Miss, William's Place, University Road, 


Smyth, Brice, M.D., 13, College Square East, 
Belfast 3 

Smyth, John, M.A., Lenaderg, Banbridge, ... 1 

Smyth, William, Banbridge, ... ... ... 1 

Spackman, William, Wellington Park, Belfast, 4 

Stevenson, George, Shankhill Road, Belfast, 1 

Stevenson, Miss, Shankhill Road, Belfast, ... 1 

Stevenson, H., 43, Moyola Street, Belfast, ... 1 

Stevenson, Thomas, Ballyclare, ... ... 1 

Stewart, Charles, Dunedin, Whiteabbey, ... 1 

Taylor, Sir David, Kt., J.P., Bertha House, 

Belfast 1 

Taylor, John Arnott, J. P., Drum House, Dun- 
murry, ... ... 1 

Tennent, Robert, J. P., Rushpark, Whitehouse, 2 
Thorn, Rev. J. Hamilton, Oakfield, Wavertree, 
Liverpool, ... ... ... ... 2 

Thomas, Henry F., Lower Crescent, Belfast, 2 
Thompson, Rev. David, Dromore, County 
Down, ... ... ... ... ... 1 

Thompson, Mrs., Macedon, Belfast, ... ... 2 

Todd, William B., 14, Arthur Street, Belfast, 

Todd, Robert, Belfast, 

Trail, Mrs., Antrim Road, Belfast, 

Valentine, Thos., J.P., The Moat, Strandtown, 
Valentine, William, J P., Glenavna, Whiteabbey, 
Vinycomb, John, Holywood, 

Walker, William, J. P., Banbridge, 

Walkington, Robert B., Craig Gorm, Helen's 
Bay, County Down, 

Wallace, William Nevin, J P., Downpatrick, ... 

Ward, Francis D., J.P., M.R.I.A., Clonaver, 
Strandtown, ... ... 

Ward, James, Albert Bridge Road, Mount- 
pottinger, ... 

Ward, Marcus J., Belview, Holywood, 

Ward, George G, Eversleigh, Strandtown, ... 

Ward, Mrs., Wilmont Terrace, Belfast, 

Ward, M. J. Barrington,M.A.,F.L.S., F.R.G.S., 
H.M. Inspector of Schools, Thorniloe 
Lodge, Worcester, 

Ward, Miss Elizabeth H., Clonaver, Strand- 

Ward, William Hardcastle, Coombe Mavis, 
Chislehurst, Kent, 

Warnock, George, Ballyclare,... 

Warnock, John, Downpatrick, 

Watson, Wesley, Whiteabbey, 

Whitelegge, Rev. W., M. A., Ballinlough House, 

Wilson, Thomas, 38, Euston Street, Dublin,... 

Wilson, Mrs. Alexander, 29, Oakley Square, 
London, N.W., 

Woodside, Mrs., Ballyclare, 

Young, Robert, C.E.,Rathvarna, Antrim Road, 


What our religious community has done for Belfast.— Belfast in 1642. Features of the origina 
Presbyterianism of Ulster. Westminster Confession and Nonsubscription. Toleration and its results. 
Education of the Presbyterian clergy. Secession Church and its influence. New generation of Non- 
subscribers. Remonstrants. Nonsubscribing Association. Footprints of our forefathers— industries- 
public philanthropy— literary culture— educational institutions— religious character. 

CCORDING to a sententious 
writer, " Happy is the people that 
has no history." Happy, on this 
estimate, must have been the con- 
dition of Belfast for a series falling 
not far short of a thousand years, beginning 
in the dim twilight of that legendary age, 
when a battle of the Farsad (a.d. 666) 
mingled a Celtic prince's blood with the 
waters of the contested Ford, and closing 
our reckoning with the outbreak of hostilities 
between King and Parliament, in the full 
blaze of the most exciting period of British 
history. To animate the vast stretch of 
time which lies betwixt these extreme land- 
marks, we have only glimpses, here and 
there, of imperfectly recorded contentions, 
for which Belfast was the occasional theatre, 
but in which it cannot be said to have played 
any independent and active part. 

Indeed, the Belfast of 1642 was an insigni- 
ficant place, though its strategical position 
was destined soon to bring it into prominence. 

Unprotected as yet by any wall, it consisted 
of a few rows of mean houses, with a small 
Norman fortress at one end of the main street, 
and a small Norman church at the other ex- 
tremity. The incidents which immediately 
preceded the great Civil War brought to 
Belfast importance and Presbyterianism; the 
two came together. 

As early as 1613, Presbyterianism had 
gained a footing in Ulster, on an errand of 
religious duty to the Scot- 
tish colonists ; but it had 
not found in Belfast material 
for its purpose. The Cor- 
poration of the little town 
passed, in 16 17, a bye-law 
that every burgess should 
attend at the Sovereign's 
house every Sabbath-day, 
and whenever there was public prayer, in 
order to accompany their municipal head to 
the parish church. 

To his visitation, held within the walls of 


that old church, in August, 1636, Bishop 
Henry Leslie (1580-1661) cited the five prin- 
cipal Presbyterian divines of Ulster. Leslie 
was himself of Scottish birth, yet in his open- 
ing sermon (from the ominous text, Matt, 
xviii. 17) he describes Scotland as "the land 
of Noddies," and the Presbyterian position as 
"this dunghill." In a two days' conference 
he endeavoured, with the stout assistance of 
the famous John Bramhall (1594-1663), then 
Bishop of Derry, to reduce his Presbyterian 
neighbours to submission by force of argu- 
ment. Failing in this, he adopted another 
system of reasoning, with the aid of the civil 

Five years later came the fierce insurrection 
of the Irish Catholics, which struck terror to 
the heart of the nation. An army from Scot- 
land was despatched, by successive instal- 
ments, to Ulster, in order to quell the insur- 
gent hordes. Belfast was made secure by a 
wet ditch and earthen rampart (1642), and, 
with extreme reluctance, Colonel Chichester 
admitted a portion of the Scottish troops to 
share in the defence of the town with the 
English garrison. These Scottish soldiers 
needed the religious ministrations of a divine 
of their own faith. A Presbyterian chaplain, 
one John Baird, was appointed to come every 
third Sunday to our town, to conduct the 
simple worship of the Scottish people. The 

. , , appointment was made by 

/c-\pp.M5 [-v-Mw r-A , _, , , , . , 

^ & nn „y. r trie arm y Presbytery, which 

first met at Carrickfergus on 

10th June, 1642. Shortly 

after this, an eldership was 

erected at Belfast. So was 

our Church begun ; this was 

the little seed out of which 

*"* the whole Presbyterianism 

of Belfast has developed and grown. 

The religious system thus introduced was 
the Presbyterianism of Scotland of the older 
school, before its theology had been stiffened 
and dried up by the Westminster Confession 
of Faith. Its principles of faith and state- 

ment of public policy are admirably expressed 
in the Solemn League and Covenant (A.D. 
1643), which pledged all who took it to en- 
deavour the reformation of religion through- 
out the three kingdoms " in doctrine, worship, 
discipline, and government, according to the 
Word of God and the example of the best 
reformed churches." Copies of this noble 
document were brought to Ireland very soon 
after it was drawn up. Lying in a drawer at 
our Museum in College Square is one of these 
first copies, which somehow escaped the hang- 
man's hand and the vengeful fire of 1661. It 
still bears its 6j original signatures, collected 
at Holywood on 8th and 9th April, 1644, by 
William Adair, who came from Scotland for 
the purpose. Among the names is a John 
M'Bryd, possibly the father of the outspoken 
John M'Bride who ministered here fifty years 

It was this league of faith, with its stern 
opposition to Popery and Prelacy, its direct 
reliance upon the Bible as the Word of God, 
and its noble protest on behalf of "the com- 
mon cause of religion, liberty, and peace," — it 
was this, and not the Confession of the West- 
minster divines, which really formed the reli- 
gious mind of the first Presbyterians of Ulster. 
This was what they subscribed, when they 
subscribed at all. At a later tlay (1705) they 
did indeed enact subscription to the West- 
minster Confession, in a panic raised by the 
daring heresies of Emlyn. Yet the enact- 
ment was not, and could not be, rigidly en- 
forced. Throughout the last century, and 
indeed up to the year 1836, it was found im- 
possible to secure in Ireland, even on the part 
of orthodox men, the subscription which was 
accepted in Scotland as a matter of course. 

Many things contributed to this freer atti- 
tude of the Irish offshoot from the religion of 
Scotland. It never enjoyed the privileges or 
wore the fetters of an Establishment, and was 
free to develop in its own fashion. During 
the Commonwealth, it had to give way to 
Independency ; and this broke, to some ex- 


tent permanently, the hold of its ecclesiastical 
discipline. The depression of its power came 
about in this wise. On the execution of the 
King, the Presbytery at Belfast protested 
against the trial and its issue, in the strongest 
terms they could use, as " an act so horrible, 
as no history, divine or human, ever had a 
precedent to the like." Thereupon, Crom- 
well's Latin secretary, John Milton, assailed 
them with that vituperation of which, as well 
as of the divinest poetry, he was so great a 
master, calling them " blockish presbyters of 
Claneboye," " that un-Christian synagogue 
of Belfast," and "a generation of Highland 
thieves and redshanks." Cromwell's officer, 
Venables, expelled them, along with (it is said) 
800 of their hearers ; and William Dixe, a 
Baptist preacher, was set to minister to those 
inhabitants of the town who were not Episco- 

It must further be remembered that the 
Scottish type of Presbyterianism was not the 
only one which had found its way into Ire- 
land. Scotland furnished, with few excep- 
tions (e.g., at Antrim), the Presbyterianism of 
Ulster ; but in Dublin and the South of Ire- 
land it was the English type of Presbyterian- 
ism, freer both in doctrine and discipline, 
which gained an entrance. Its existence 
there had an indirect influence on the severer 
views and ways of the North. Nay, in Belfast, 
the influence of English Presbyterianism was 
direct. Letitia Hickes, who became Countess 
of Donegal, was an English Presbyterian. 
William Keyes, who stands first in the un- 
interrupted succession of our own ministers, 
was an English divine under her patronage. 
Sore was her displeasure when his congre. 
gation and co-presbyters permitted him to 
leave for Dublin ; many the obstacles placed 
in the way of the appointment of a Scot- 
tish divine as his successor, though that 
Scottish divine was no less distinguished a 
man than Patrick Adair. She would not 
attend his services. In the Hall of the 
Castle, Samuel Bryan (contemporary with 

Keyes) and Thomas Emlyn (contemporary 
with Adair) successively officiated as chap- 
lains. Bryan had been Fellow of Peterhouse, 
and held a Warwickshire living until the 
Uniformity Act of 1662 compelled even 
moderate men, possessed of consciences, to 
quit the Establishment. Half-a-year's incar- 
ceration in Warwick gaol, for the crime of 
preaching the Gospel at Birmingham, had 
induced him to leave his native land. Emlyn 
was so far from ever sympathising with the 
Scottish peculiarities of Presbyterianism, that, 
while resident in Belfast, and still retaining 
intact the Puritan theology, he held no com- 
munion with Adair, but willingly preached by 
invitation in the parish church, the then Vicar, 
Claudius Gilbert, being an ex-Dissenter. 
Thus, in Belfast, there was present in very 
early times, side by side with the Scottish 
discipline, the mellowing influence of a type 
of Nonconformity less severe. 

Nor must it be forgotten that the delay of 
legal Toleration to Irish dissent brought with 
it a compensating advantage of the highest 
moment. Toleration in England, granted in 
1689, was made dependent on subscription 
to the doctrinal articles of the Established 
Church. Toleration in Ireland, not granted till 
1719, was given at length to all Protestants 
without any doctrinal stipulations whatsoever, 
except the oath against transubstantiation, 
and a clause directed, not against those who 
abandoned, but against those who impugned, 
the doctrine of the Trinity. This was indeed 
a greater freedom than the Presbyterians had 
themselves asked for, or dreamed of. They 
had drawn up certain doctrinal clauses, milder 
than the English articles, to be inserted in 
the Bill. Tradition says that King George I., 
" upon receiving the proposals of the Irish 
ministers," struck out the doctrinal clauses 
with his own royal hand, saying, " They know 
not what they would be at ; they shall have a 
toleration without a subscription." 

In other respects, indeed, Presbyterians were 
not free. They could not celebrate marriages 


among themselves, at least not without in- 
curring severe penalties in the ecclesiastical 
courts. They could hold no public office, 
except on the condition of communicating at 
the Established churches. But the law laid 
no pledges upon them as regards the doc- 
trines they were to accept as their bond of 
union, or to teach in their meeting-houses. 

Hence, in Ireland, the position of the Non- 
subscribers was perfectly legal from the first, 
which it never was in England till the Relief 
Act of 1770. When Haliday, on being in- 
stalled in 1720, the very year after the Irish 
Toleration Act, refused to subscribe, it was at 
once plain that a movement of far-reaching 
importance was begun. He set an example 
which was soon followed. Seven successive 
Synods took the matter up, being plainly at a 
loss what to do. At last the advocates of the 
Westminster standards hit upon the notable 
expedient of gathering all the Nonsubscrib- 
ing men into one presbytery. It was easy to 
do this for they were men who had already 
set on foot a union among themselves, having 
been accustomed for twenty years to meet for 
purposes of Biblical study under the name of 
the Belfast Society (1705). The members of 
this society were formed into the Presbytery 
of Antrim (1725). Next year, this body was 
expelled from the Synod, neck and crop. 

The deed was deftly done. But the mem- 
bers of the expelled Presbytery were the 
ablest men of the Presbyterian body. Their 
influence was perpetually being reinforced, 
and their example tacitly followed, by the 
more educated men in the Synod itself. In 
those days, and for long after, the great place 
of education for the Irish Presbyterian minis- 
try was Glasgow College. And the leading 
professors of Glasgow were prevailingly New 
Light men. John Simson, Professor of Divi- 
nity, was censured for alleged Pelagianism 
(1717), and deprived of ecclesiastical recogni- 
tion for alleged Arianism (1728), but was not 
removed from his chair. Francis Hutcheson 
(1694-1747) the philosopher, himself an Irish 

Nonsubscriber, and William Leechman 
(1706-1785) the divine, taught the Irish 
students to think for themselves on the highest 

Until the Seceders came from Scotland, 
shortly before the middle of the last century 
(1742), the general spirit and tone of Irish 
Presbyterianism was moving in the line 
marked out by the Nonsubscribers. At the 
end of the century, out of fourteen Presby- 
teries, only five exacted subscription. The 
Seceders, however, began that reaction to- 
wards the doctrines of the Westminster Con- 
fession which it took almost a hundred years 
to accomplish, and which gained no very de- 
cided victory until the issue of the momentous 
conflict betweenHenryCooke(i78S-i868) and 
Henry Montgomery (1788-1865) was reached 
in the voluntary withdrawal of the Remon- 
strants (1829). Even Dr. Cooke did not 
succeed in carrying an unqualified subscrip- 
tion to the Confession of Faith till seven years 
after the Remonstrants had left the Synod. 
At five o'clock on the morning of Friday, 
1 2th August, 1 836, the wisdom of Westminster 
carried it by a large majority against the 
Word of God. Four years later was accom- 
plished that union between the Synod and 
the Seceders which set the seal upon the 
reaction against the true genius of Irish Pres- 
byterianism, and formed the present General 
Assembly (10th July, 1840). 

The new generation of Nonsubscribers, 
the Remonstrants who withdrew from the 
Synod of Ulster, were influenced in their 
withdrawal by doctrinal considerations much 
more direct and radical than those which had 
produced the expulsion of the Antrim Pres- 
bytery over a century before. They did not 
amalgamate with the earlier body, preferring 
to constitute a separate Synod of their own in 
1830; but in a few years they entered with 
the Antrim Presbytery into an Association 
for mutual protection and aid, which em- 
braced also the Nonsubscribers of the South, 
known as the Synod of Munster. This Asso- 


ciation of Irish Nonsubscribing Presbyterians 
(1835), which in the eye of the law, and ac- 
cording to ecclesiastical discipline, comprises 
four distinct, though cognate, Presbyterian 
bodies (besides two independent congrega- 
tions, admitted in 1872 to share the elastic 
name "other Free Christians"), is the only 
organisation which has any claim to represent 
the whole community of Nonsubscribing 
Christians in this country.* 

What, from first to last, has this body done 
for Belfast? We have seen that the rise of 
Belfast into significance was due to its be- 
coming a stronghold of the Presbyterian army 
before ihe Civil War. Will anyone call this a 
simple coincidence ? It is impossible so to 
dispose of the story of the subsequent growth 
and greatness of our town. The development 
of Belfast, material, intellectual, and moral, 
has been not merely coincident with, but 
dependent upon the enterprise, the public 

spirit, the culture and acquirement, the stable 
character of its Presbyterian inhabitants. 

We, as a church, may not unfairly claim to 
hold a representative position in regard to the 
Presbyterianism of Belfast. 

We may put forward this claim on histori- 
cal grounds. Our congregation is the mother 
church of Belfast Presbyterianism ; for two 
generations it was the one focus of Presby- 
terianism in the town. The older divines of 
our ministry, and the original leaders of our 
staunch laity, are owned and revered by the 
whole Presbyterian community around us, 
accepted as being their founders quite as much 
as they were ours. Patrick Adair (1625 ?- 
1694) and John M'Bride (1650-1718) and 
James Kirkpatrick (1674 P-I744) belong to 
us ; but they are the men who paved the way, 
not for us alone, but for Presbyterianism 
generally. On one of our alms-dishes is in- 
scribed the sentence — 

Q_yoAn. ^CcseCtoixs §*L[t to a(L dt TTltdinQ Jiouses c jfcJ~$ctfast J7 2/ 

We may say of the Presbyterian faith and 
strength that these also are the gift of our 
ancestors, under God, to " all the Meeting- 
houses in Belfast." 

In another and a broader sense we may 
make this claim. The spirit which has made 
Presbyterianism valuable, not only as a protest 
against Popery 
and Prelacy, but 
as a noble and 
powerful influence 
on the side of cul- 
ture, philanthropy, 
the beneficent 
progress of civilisation, and the faithful and 
charitable life of pure religion, is the spirit 
which has been persistently fostered by the 
ministry and exemplified by the laity of this 

Look through the history of Belfast ; watch 

Old Plate. 

the growth of its trades and manufactures. 
From the Presbyterian potters of 1698, the 
Presbyterian ship-carpenters of 17 12, and the 
wealthy Presbyterian merchants a little later, 
down to the leaders of industrious enterprise 
at the present day, we trace one unbroken 
line of able and far-seeing men, the hand of 
whose diligence 
has made rich the 
town whose pros- 
perity the}' have 
created. No in- 
considerable pro- 
portion of these 
men, whether we speak of numbers or of 
leading power, has been contributed by 
the membership of our church. Study 
the lists of the founders of our successive 
linen-halls ; the names of our bankers and 
merchants, since banking and merchandise 

The representation is not quite complete, since tin 

Dngregalions not 


began in Belfast ; of the originators of our 
Chamber of Commerce, established in the 
same year in which our meeting-house was 
rebuilt. Among the prominent names, not 
the least prominent are names which figure 
also in the roll of our own congregational 

If we speak of philanthropy, and inquire 
for the originators of hospitals general and 
special, of charitable institutions old and new, 
for the good of the many without reservation 
to the disciples of a creed, the result of our 
investigations is to bring us again and again 
to Rosemary Street for the religious impulse 

Old Psalm Book. 

which had inspired the deed of wise and 

unexclusive charity. In such operations of 

applied Christianity, individuals from among 

us have been ever ready to 

show the way. By the general CfiJ^) /fn^iLj g^ 1° 

Jfr/*,t- JKec/*y 

contributions of our people, 
whether given privately or act- 
ing as a church, such projects 
and organisations of benevol- 
ence have always been gener- 
ously supported. What is 
infinitely more, our people have never been 
slow to dedicate thought, care, time, zeal, 
energy, out of the abundance of an unselfish 

Fly-leaf Inscriptu 

determination to promote, by every means in 
their power, the amelioration of the lives 
of the distressed. 

Turn we to the annals of 
our local literary renown. The 
leading printers and publishers 
of Belfast, from Neill and Blow 
down to Joy and Hodgson, and 
later but not less distinguished 
names, were Presbyterians of 
book figured above, the Nonsubscribing freedom. 
Professor Witherow, of Derry, has pub- 
lished two most interesting volumes of 
" Historic and Literary Memorials of Pres- 


byterianism in Ireland" (1879 and 1880). 
These were placed not long ago in the 
hands of a gentleman not of our body, and 
in returning them to the lender he re- 
marked, " How is this ? Nearly all these 
men, these writers and divines, were Presby- 
terians of your sort." " How is it ? " was the 
reply. "Why, it is this way. If the book 
was to be written at all, it must be filled with 
our men and their works, for there are no 
other materials to make a book with." So 
of that later literary circle which gave to 
Belfast the name of the Athens of the 
North of Ireland. Its chief ornaments were 
men and women of genius and culture, 
bred in the bosom of our own religious 

If we think of the educational institutions, 
large and small, which have fostered in Belfast 
and throughout Ulster the spirit of learning 
and of science, to whom must we ascribe their 
rise and their fame ? The pioneers of edu- 
cational advance, from David Manson on- 
wards, the founders of the Academy, the 
professors and teachers who gave tone to the 
Academical Institution, the originators of 
Sunday and daily schools for the neglected 
classes ; who were they ? The roll of our 
membership will largely tell. 

Could you tear from the history of Belfast 
the names and the influence of our forefathers, 
distinguished in commerce, learning, philan- 
thropy, education, and genius, you would not 
only remove the pages inscribed with some of 
our most eminent and best citizens, but you 
would find that you had drawn out as well 
the inspiring examples which have been a 
source of power and of impression, extending 
far beyond the limits of the small community 
which they illustrated. 

Yet it will perhaps be said, 'All this is not 
religion.' There are some people, it would 
appear, who think that effects may be pro- 
duced without the existence of causes ; that 
the highest results can come without the 
operation of the highest influences ; that 
works may be originated and sustained and 
live, without faith as their basis ; that you 
may have all the finest fruits of the activity 
of the human mind and spirit and life, and be 
entitled nevertheless to say, ' There is no reli- 
gion, in it or under it.' The outcome of the 
practical life of a community discloses what 
the substance of its moral ideal, and what the 
nature of its religious faith and spirit, really 
are. We shall trace the inner history of the 
religion of our forefathers in subsequent chap- 
ters of this volume ; at present we are contem- 
plating it in its powerful and beneficent outer 
working. If, to-day, we are "citizens of no 
mean city," it is largely because we are in- 
heritors of no mean traditions, fostered by the 
faithfulness of the founders and maintainers 
of this and kindred churches. 

In the Belfast of to-day we are, in one sense, 
outnumbered and outweighted ; the masses 
are not with us. Yet we occupy a unique 
position, neither unimportant nor inglorious, 
and we cannot help doing so. We are the 
heirs and administrators and assigns of the 
true original Presbyterianism ; of its liberty, 
its learning, its broad and beneficent aims. 
God, not we, has placed us where we are. 
He who planted the heavens, He who laid the 
foundations of the earth, it is He, and He only, 
who hath put into our mouths His words ; 
who hath kept us, throughout our course, in 
the shadow of His hand ; and who saith to us 
now, by the voice of His Spirit, "Thou art 
my people" (Isa. li. 16). 

Dates.— Introduction of Presbyterianism in Ulster, 1613; in Belfast, 1642. Westminster Confession published, 1648. 
Sacramental Test Act, 1704. Synod orders subscription to Westminster Confession, 1705. Belfast Society, ^05. Toleration Act, 
1719. Haliday refuses to subscribe, 1720. Antrim Presbytery (Nonsubscribing) formed, 1725 ; excluded from General Synod, 
1726. Dissenting Marriages allowed, 1738. Seceders came from Scotland, 1742. Test Act repealed, 1828. Remonstrant Synod, 
1830. Association of Irish Nonsubscribing Presbyterians, 1835. 


Historic landmarks in the career of our own Congregation. Our successive places of worship — 
North Street— Rosemary Lane; off-shoots from us ; public buildings of Belfast in 1783. Our trusts 
and title deeds ; Dissenters' Chapels Act. Our Ecclesiastical Changes — General Synod — Antrim 
Presbytery — Northern Presbytery of Antrim. Personnel of our ministers and laity. Congregational 
resources — Regium Donum — disestablishment. Our position at the present day. 

N the oldest authentic map of 
Belfast, a sketch-plan drawn by 
Thomas Phillips in 1685, there is 
figured at the north-west extrem- 
ity of Hercules Street (removed 
in 1883 to form the Royal Avenue), in close 
proximity to the North Gate, a small build- 
ing without chimneys, which, as some fancy, 
represents the original Presbyterian Meeting- 
house of Belfast. Tradition assigns to the 
first structure erected as a home for Belfast 
Presbyterianism a site near the gate just 
mentioned, but wavers between North Street 
and Hercules Street as the precise thorough- 
fare on which it stood. Inasmuch as these 
streets converged upon the North Gate, the 
building depicted on the map may be thought 
to answer, fairly well, to the conditions of 
locality implied in the floating tradition. 

When was it erected ? There is no trace of 
any meeting-house in Belfast prior to the 
Restoration of the monarchy. When the 
Presbyterian system was introduced, in the 
manner described in the previous chapter, we 
may take it for granted that, as was usual, its 
worship was held in the old Parish Church at 

the foot of the High Street. But now comes 
a curious episode in the religious history of 
our town. For seven years (1649-56) during 
the Cromwellian occupation, after the 800 
Scots had been driven from the town, and 
the Independent regime was in power, there 
was no available house of prayer of any kind 
within this borough. The old church and its 
graveyard were converted into a citadel and 
fortification ; and where the people worshipped 
we cannot tell. An Episcopalian preacher 
and a Baptist preacher were maintained at 
the public expense, and they must have con- 
ducted their ministrations in casual places, or 
in the open air. More than once the munici- 
pal authorities of the little town addressed 
the Council of State, begging for the restora- 
tion of their church; or, if not, requesting that 
public meeting-houses might be provided. 
The church was at length given back, in a 
ruinous condition, and appears to have been 
then treated as a " Publique Meeting Place " 
for the religious use of all sects. When the 
Restoration came (a.d. 1660), we find it in 
the hands of the Presbyterians, though 
apparently not devoted to their exclusive 


use. But, with the King, came back the 

Jeremy Taylor (161 3-1667), the new Bishop 
of Down and Connor, was a startling illustra- 
tion of the maxims that circumstances alter 
cases, and that preaching and practice are 
different things. Jeremy Taylor, dwelling in 
a Welsh exile, his living of Uppingham having 
been sequestered because he had joined the 
army against the Parliament, composed and 
printed his Liberty of Prophesying (1647), a 
classic defence of the rights of conscience. 
Jeremy Taylor, promoted to an Irish Bishop- 
ric, at once assumed to himself the liberty of 

putting down all prophets who did not hap- 
pen to be in Episcopal orders. Three months 
after his consecration (1661) he, in one day's 
visitation, cleared the Presbyterians out of 36 
churches in his diocese. We are told, in 
Jeremy Taylor's funeral sermon by George 
Rust, his friend and successor, that "this great 
prelate had the good humour of a gentleman, 
the eloquence of an orator, the fancy of a 
poet, the acuteness of a schoolman, the pro- 
foundness of a philosopher, the wisdom of a 
chancellor, the sagacity of a prophet, the 
reason of an angel, and the piety of a saint." 
It should have been added, to make the pic- 

Old Silver Conn, 

ture complete, that he had the bowels of a 
bumbailiff. In England, the Presbyterians 
were not ejected as such, until the State had 
passed the Act of Uniformity of 1662. In 
Ireland, the Bishops took time by the forelock, 
the legislature followed suit, and Taylor was 
the man who, by his prompt work in his 
diocese, and by his sermon before the two 
Houses of Parliament, both showed and led 
the way. 

Hence it was that, in 1 661, the Presbyterian 
worshippers of Belfast found themselves home- 
less. Some time afterwards, we cannot tell 
exactly when, but it was probably in 166S 


(so we gather from Adair's Narrative), they 
erected their first meeting-house, near the 
North Gate. In the manuscript Minutes of 
the "Antrim Meeting," under date 3rd March, 
1674, John Adam, merchant, appears as a 
commissioner from the Belfast congregation 
(then without a minister), to petition the 
brethren to make interest with Lord and 
Lady Donegal on two points ; and one is 
"anent the House of Worship," in regard to 
which the Meeting appointed two brethren 
humbly to represent to the peer and peeress 
"what weighty reasons make for the people 
having their liberty as other congregations 



have, without irritation so far as possible." 
The inference is that the Meeting-house was 
in being, but that the use of it was in some 
degree controlled by the great people at Bel- 
fast Castle. 

But what has that long-perished building, 
on a forgotten site, to do with us to-day? 
Here are we in Rosemary Street, by help of 
our good M'Bride. On this pleasant spot of 
ground he planted us, when it was an open 
field, abutting upon a crooked lane, with the 
scent of rosemary still about it, and leading 
to the backs of the houses in another lane, 
which bore originally, it is believed, the name 


dwelling was put up for the worthy M'Bride ; 
and there, except when his refusals to take 
the oath of abjuration forced him to flee to 
Scotland (a circumstance which took place 
no less than four times), he had his abode. 
His successors occupied the same premises 
until Crombie's time, in fact till the building 
of the Academy (1786). 

The occupancy of the Rosemary Street 
property by the Presbyterian congregation 

of Ardglass, later dignified into the mytho- 
logical title of Hercules. M'Bride knew his 
way to the favour, if not to the sympathies of 
the Earl of Donegal, and secured for us this 
queer, triangular piece of land, which stands 
so invitingly vacant on the map of 1685. 
Here, on the green sward of the meadow, an 
oblong structure arose. An excrescence to 
the west gave it the shape of a "]* ; but there 
were outside stairs to the three galleries, which 
varied the configuration of its exterior ; and, 
at the north-east corner, there was a small 
session-house, stuck on to the main building. 
In the south-west angle of the field, a minister's 

fas, 1 6 93 

may be dated from about 1695 ; but there is 
no trace of any lease or legal document giving 
a title to it, either then or for long after. In 
fact, it would have been impossible to have 
executed a legal conveyance for the benefit of 
Presbyterians, while they remained untolerated 
in the eye of the law, existing only upon 
sufferance, and much better protected in their 
position by the good-will and pleasure of a 
powerful Earl, than by a trust which the 

^fi^MJfa 1695 

courts would not recognise. But in 1767, 
when Toleration had been granted some forty- 
eight years, Arthur, Earl of Donegal, after- 
wards the first Marquis, gave us a lease. It 
begins by reciting that "the said Arthur, 

J» Earl of Donegal, is 

anOC/S MartirL minded and desirous 
inscription on Cup. that the said first 

congregation of Protestant Dissenters shall 
and may, at all times hereafter, have and 
enjoy a certain place in his town of Belfast 
for the publick worship of Almighty God, 
and that the minister of the said congre- 

on Cup. 

gation for the time being may be provided 
with and enjoy a messuage or tenement, near 
the same, for his better accommodation ;" 
then, after describing the buildings, and ap- 
pointing the trustees (Robert Gordon, Joseph 
Wallace, and John Gait Smith), it grants to 
them the same " for the uses, intents, and 
purposes hereinafter mentioned . . . and 
for no other intent and purpose whatsoever." 
These uses and intents, as relates to the 
Meeting-house, are simply as follows : " and 
that the said building, now used as a Meeting- 
house, . . . may continue and remain as 


and for a publick Meeting-house for the use 
of the said first congregation, and their 
successors, for ever." 

This is what is called an " open trust ; " a 
more open one is scarcely possible. But, 
prior to the Dissenters' Chapels Act of 1 844, 
open as the trust is, the building would have 
been tied up in law to the precise opinions 
and modes of worship held and practised by 
its original founders ; the silent voice of the 
men of 1767 (perhaps of 1695) would have 
been entitled to decide the faith and to rule 
the usages to which the building could be 
devoted to-day. Moreover, even if it could 
be proved that the founders of an old meet- 
ing-house were actually Anti-trinitarians in 
their faith, the lawyers would say : ; That 
was, at the time of the foundation, an illegal 
profession, prohibited by statute ; and a trust 
for the maintenance of such an opinion is 
void in law.' The Irish Toleration Act (as 
we saw in the previous chapter) did not ex- 
clude Anti-trinitarians, but it forbade them to 
open their mouths against the doctrine of 
the Trinity. However, the Dissenters' Chapels 
Act swept away both classes of restriction. 
It provided that all opinions, which had since 
become legal, were to be regarded as legal 
from the first. It substituted for the opinions 
of the founders the unbroken usage of twenty- 
five years. Any opinion, which had held its 
ground in a Dissenting meeting-house for a 
quarter of a century, undisputed at law, was 
fully legitimised, unless there were any ex- 
press provision in the trust deed which ex- 
cluded it. 

In the obtaining of this salutary measure of 
relief and freedom, services of the first rank 
were rendered by one who, we may be proud 
to think, was long a seatholder and always a 
warm friend of this house ; the mighty, the 
eloquent, the indomitable advocate of truth 
and justice, Henry Montgomery, who sacri- 
ficed time, health, and overwhelming energy 
in the common cause. It was no unreal 
danger from which he and his able coadjutors 

delivered us. The placid pages of our con- 
gregational Minute-book, at the period of the 
passing of the Bill, quiver with the agitation 
of that momentous struggle. No wonder the 
leaders of the congregation were alarmed. 
Clough and Killinchy had trusts as open as 
our own ; but the law was set in motion. 
"The enthusiasm of orthodox solicitors," as 
has been well said, was " associated with the 
rapacity of acquisitive divines ; " and the 
Meeting-houses of Clough and Killinchy, 
ruthlessly taken from their owners, were given 
to the men who subscribed the Westminster 
Confession and forgot the eighth command- 
ment. The enemies of our faith, nay of our 
very existence, were confident of expelling 
us also from the sanctuary of our fathers, and 
were filled with elation in the hope of humili- 
ating and even of crushing us. They had 
already their plans devised, for the disposal 
to their own uses of our sacred property, as 
soon as they had wrested it from our hands. 
They did our Meeting-house the honour of 
thinking that (after being subjected, of course, 
to suitable lustration) it would serve exceed- 
ingly well as a hall of assembly for the General 
Synod. Well, peace be to the memory of 
those old strifes I Let us rather recollect the 
combination of noble minds, the ornaments of 
our supreme legislature, who, in no party 
spirit, and indeed acting together with a total 
disregard of the restraints of party, carried 
the measure of liberty and safety which 
secured us in the tranquil possession of our 
own. Peel and Lyndhurst, Russell and Glad- 
stone, Macaulay and Shiel — never should we 
lose a grateful sense of what we owe to their 
disinterested and persevering support. There 
is perhaps no speech in the English language 
more withering in its sarcasm, more grand in 
its glow, than the speech of Shiel, the Roman 
Catholic, for justice to the Unitarians. 

Ten years after the passing of the Act, our 
congregation acquired the fee-simple of the 
estate on which its buildings stand. The 
Meeting-house and the site of the old manse 


are thus absolutely our own ; the area which 
surrounds both Meeting-houses we hold in 
common with our neighbours of the Second 
Congregation. The carrying out of this im- 
proved arrangement we principally owe to the 
foresight and the business power of our 
honorary secretary. Never was congregation 
better served, or with a warmer and stronger 
regard to all its best interests, than this con- 
gregation has been, for the past forty-six 

years, by George Kennedy Smith, the repre- 
sentative of the oldest of our families. His 
Minute-books are models of what such records 
should be, and will remain to future ages a 
permanent monument of well-directed zeal 
and scrupulous care ; his administration of 
our affairs has proved him sound in judgment, 
firm yet patient of purpose, young in heart. 

Our oldest existing record is the Funeral 
Register (1712-36); but its entries do not 

refer exclusively to our own congregation, or 
even to the Presbyterian burials of Belfast 
alone. The first volume of our Baptismal 
Register was lost before 1790; the second 
volume opens in 1757. Our Congregational 
Minutes begin in the year 1760, with the pro- 
ceedings of a meeting which added to our 
constitution a Committee, as distinct from 
the Session. Twenty-one years later, the 
Minutes record the first steps taken with re- 

gard to the rebuilding of the Meeting-house. 
On Sunday, 1st April, 178 1, the congregation 
resolved that the old building should be taken 
down. Its materials sold for .£200 10s. od. 
On Friday, 1st June, the foundation stone of 
the present structure was laid. Exactly two 
years were occupied in its erection and com- 
pletion. On Sunday, 1st June, 17S3, it was 
opened for public worship. Our Minute-books 
are full of entries which prove how complete- 


\y the superintendence of the work was a 
labour of love, and how minutely it was 
looked after, even to the tempering of the 
mortar. The treasurer of the Building Fund, 
Mr. John Gait Smith, was so deeply interested 
in the progress of the work, that he watched 
the laying of each successive course of the 

Originally it had been intended that the new 
building should be somewhat of the old type, 
but without galleries, and with accommo- 
dation for 600 on the 
ground floor (the old 
building, with its three 
galleries, seated 723). 
On 12th May, 1781, 
the Building Commit- 
tee decided on the 
elliptical figure, and 
new plans were ac- 
cordinglyprepared by 
the architect and con- 
tractor, Mr. Roger 
Mulholland. Francis 
Hiorn, the London 
architect of St. Anne's, 
took a great interest 
in the structure, and 
furnished valuable 
as regards the pewing 
of the interior. With 
a view to improve the 

appearance, a gallery Gallery, after renavati 

was decided upon, with some misgivings as 
to whether it would be required, and, by a 
sort of prophetic anticipation, a part of it was 
already called the "organ gallery," though no 
organ was erected in it till February, 1S53. 

The total cost of the new structure was 
-£i,9 2 3 7 s - 9d., British currency. Towards 
this, Dr. Crombie gave a donation of 10 
guineas, and lent a sum of .£276 18s. 5^d. 
(£300 Irish), which is an indication that he 
had private means ; his stipend was never 
more than £110 15s. 4j4d. (£120 Irish), but 

then he had a Manse and Regium Domini, 
though Regium Donum in those days did not 
amount to £\o a-year. The Bishop of Derry 
(Earl of Bristol) sent a donation of 50 guineas, 
purely out of admiration of the beauty of a 
building which, as his letter to Mr. Rainey 
Maxwell expressed it, " does equal honour to 
the taste of the subscribers and the talent of 
the architect." Among other ways of raising 
the requisite funds, the Committee bought for 
£5 15s. 4?^d. a lottery ticket, "which was a 
blank." The pulpit, 
costing £27 1 8s. 4d., 
was presented by the 
ladies of Belfast, irre- 
spective of creed. In 
this pulpit, in 1789, 
John Wesley preach- 
ed. He minutely de- 
scribes the building in 
his Journal, calling it 
" the completest place 
of worship I have ever 
seen." Hewouldhave 
preached a second 
time, but on the first 
occasion the crowd 
swarmed all over the 
lding, and in the 
commotion some un- 
converted hearer man- 
aged to abstract the 
silver rim and clasp 
from the pulpit Bible, 
so the Trustees declined to grant their 
Meeting-house again to the great evangelist. 
To Crombie we largely owe it that we 
continue to exist at all as a separate congre- 
gation. For there were those who thought, 
until his courage and determination reassured 
them, that it was needless for the First Con- 
gregation to have a Meeting-house of its own, 
and that it might fitly be wiped out of 
existence by reamalgamation with its eldest 
offshoot in the Second House. 

That first swarming off from the old hive 


took place in 170S, and simply meant that at 
that date, with 3,000 Presbyterians in Belfast, 
one Meeting-house was not big enough to 
accommodate them. The two congregations 
were, for a time, practically one. Even when 
they agreed to be distinct, the stipend, .£146 
13s. 4d., continued to be collected in common, 
and was equally divided. They still share 
the property of the ground above referred to, 


Sounding Board, 

fur the 

and the use of the same cups 
administration of the communion. 

The second offshoot from us was of a 
different and less harmonious character, due 
to the disputes upon ecclesiastical freedom, 
which soon produced their usual result in 
doctrinal differences ; and these, as is too 
often the case, led to an almost complete 
estrangement and alienation. This double 
series of divergences between our point of 

view and that consistently maintained by 
the Third Congregation, since its origin 
in 172 1, will be considered in the next 

Let us, before we pass from the subject of 
the successive religious edifices which have 
arisen on or near this spot, recall the 
interesting fact that 17S3 was not far from 
the culmination of an important building 
period in Belfast. The oldest public building 
still remaining in this town is the Old Poor 
House, crowned by the most elegant of our 
spires; its foundation stone was laid in 1 77 r. 
Next came the Brown Linen Hall, in 1773 ; 
then the Parish Church (St. Anne's), begun 
in 1774; and just on the very day (28th 
April) in 1783 when this Meeting-house was 
so far finished that the congregation were 
invited to fix upon their sittings, the first 
stone of the White Linen Hall was laid with 
much ceremony. In 1784 Donegal Place was 
projected, as a grand new quarter for the 
residences of the rich, cutting through the 
Castle Gardens, in which King William de- 
lighted during his short visit to Belfast. It 
took almost a hundred years to bring our 
citizens to the point of extending this hand- 
some thoroughfare on the other side of Castle 
Place, for purely business purposes. 

But we must not bury the larger interests 
of our subject beneath questions of archi- 
tecture or heaps of bricks and mortar. This 
congregation has passed through changes 
more important than those involved in the 
transference from the North Gate to Rose- 
mary Lane, or from edifice to edifice. Briefly 
let us review our ecclesiastical changes. Our 
first home was in the Antrim Meeting, and 
when this expanded into the General Synod 
(a.d. 1690), we were connected with its 
Belfast Presbytery. W r e did not leave the 
General Synod ; it drove us out. It treated 
us very much as Jeremy Taylor had treated 
us two generations before. He had said, 
'Conform, or quit.' The Synod said, ' Sign, 



or be off.' To Jeremy Taylor we had replied, 
'We shall not conform, and we shall not go. 
You may put us out of the Parish Church ; 
but you can neither exclude us from the 
Church of Christ, nor from the town of Bel- 
fast. We are Christians, we are citizens, and 
we mean to live.' Precisely the same answer 
did we render to the General Synod: 'We 
shall neither sign nor decamp. Once more 
you may cause us to suffer expulsion from 
church courts ; we can bear it. It is in your 
power to gather up your skirts and renounce 
connection with us. You cannot cut us off 

Jeremy Taylor. (From an Old Port rail, j 

from that which alone makes church courts 
desirable. We stay here, in the name of 
God and in the strength of Christ, a witness 
for faith in freedom.' 

Thus did we take our stand, cheerfully, with 
our brethren of the Antrim Presbytery, who 
preferred the simple dignity of serious con- 
viction to the orthodox repute of a religious 
bondage. If any one ask why, twenty-three 
years ago, this congregation severed the long- 
standing tie which had united it in happy 
union with the Antrim Presbytery, and en- 
tered a second time, after 136 years, into a 
new ecclesiastical connection, the answer is, 
that this step was only taken as the issue of 
a deep and deliberate assurance that it was 

necessary again to bear testimony to the 
vitality of the religious convictions which 
underlie our freedom. The Northern Pres- 
bytery of Antrim, to which we now belong, 
is the child of controversies of which the im- 
mediate soreness has passed away. On either 
side men were in earnest, and had the courage 
of their conclusions ; and, where men are in 
earnest, they will respect each other sooner 
or later. We have no quarrel with our old 
friends of the Antrim Presbytery, though in 
our new ecclesiastical relation we put pro- 
minently forward, as we think to be right 
and demanded by the times, a principle which 
they deem it unnecessary to embody in the 
terms of their corporate union, viz., that with- 
out faith in Christ and in Revelation, our 
ministry would be a mockery, our position a 

It remains to say a few words respecting 
the distinguished line of ministers who have 
been the pastors and teachers of this church. 
Advance, then, from your dim and distant 
shades, ye fearless leaders of our people 
through dark and perilous hours. John 
Baird, Anthony Shaw, and Read, what know 
we of you but your names ? Your gifts and 
talents, your deeds and hopes, are covered o'er 
with the impenetrable shroud of time. But 
ye were the first in this cause. Others have 
tended and spread the flame ; yours were the 
hands which lighted the lamp. Come, William 
Keyes, from thy southern retreat, and tell us 
whether Dublin to which thou didst betake 
thee, or Belfast which thou didst leave, now 
pleases thee best. We have learned some 
freedom since thy days. The old Covenanting 
spirit, perchance too stern for thee, is in us 
still. As in our first youth as a people, so to- 
day, we shall not yield or flinch, falter or give 
way, where truth or duty calls. But there is 
a leaven among us, so we trust, of patience 
and of charity, which has worked some 
changes in our temper, without impairing the 
force and fulness of our spirit. Rise, Patrick 
Adair, pillar of our ancient strength ; historian, 


diplomatist, trusted of Kings and beloved of 
thy people ; shrewd and strong at the council 
board, and most melting preacher. Read in 
the fortunes of thine old flock some further 
pages of the Narrative thou didst begin ; and 
say, Wilt thou reject us, who have followed 
thine instructions in their power and spirit, 
rather than copied the fashion and the mould 
in which thy living thought ran freely in its 
day ? Once more let us look upon thee, 
honest John M'Bride, tart of tongue, tender of 
conscience, with the work of God in thy heart, 
and with no fear of man before thine eyes. 

James CremHe, D.D. 

Thy jolly visage on our Vestry wall tells us 
more of thee than all thy sermons and thy 
books. Apt were thou to contend for thy 
" true-bleu " Presbyterianism, with the "jet- 
black" Prelacy, as thou quaintly calledst it. 
What wouldst thou do in these more tranquil 
days ? Where find antagonists worthy thy 
doughty spear ? We thank thee for our hold 
upon this soil where now we worship, none 
daring to make us afraid ; far more do we 
thank thee for the bold uncompromising 
frankness to which thou didst incite and train 
the men whom God save to thee as a charge 

for thy keeping, for out of their solid strength 
the sinews of our freedom came. And thou, 
John Kirkpatrick, physician, author, and 
divine, not long we had thee as our own ; but 
when we remember thee, we will not forget 
the old remembrances of brotherhood, brother- 
hood in the privations of dissenting citizens 
and in the triumphs of broadening toleration, 
brotherhood in the excommunications of 
Synods and in the joy of new fellowships, 
wherewith we and our neighbours of another 
House, though twain, were one. How shall 
I speak of thee, faithful vindicator of our 
ancient liberties, Samuel Haliday, dauntless 
and dignified, who first didst teach us to use 
the Nonsubscribing name ? With thee our 
direct perceptions of the pure Gospel simpli- 
city, derived from Scripture immediately and 
alone, first began to tremble into life. Then 
began men to call us heretics, Arians, infidels. 
" They say," so runs the famous inscription 
on the wall of the Marischal College in Aber- 
deen, "They say — What say they ? — Let them 
say." But thou didst trust, with one of fear- 
less speech and boundless charity, that even 
as they are of Christ, so also we. 

With rapid step we pass along this gallery 
of spiritual portraits. The gentle and pathetic 
scholar from whom the poet-patriots of the 
Drennan line descend ; Mackay, the uncle 
and foster-father of Elizabeth Hamilton ; 
Crombie, of whom in vain we seek some 
monument, either in the Church which he 
built, or in the town to which he gave the 
Academy ; the descendant of Scottish Kings, 
and, prouder distinction yet, heir of a line 
unbroken since the Reformation, of Gospel 
ministers of the King of kings, William Bruce, 
teacher, theologian, pastor, public man, who 
first proclaimed, with no uncertain sound, the 
Unitarian conclusions to which our theology 
had long been tending. Further we need not 
go. The marble slabs on either side our pulpit 
speak the love of this congregation for the 
imperishable memory of two scholars, thinkers, 
divines, whose various gifts and special quali- 


ties, contrasted in themselves, were united in 
the edification of the Church they served. 

From the time when the Regium Domini 
began to play a regular part in the State 
provision for the religious wants of Ireland, 
Fresbyterianism was in a sort of way, and to 
a minor and strictly subordinate extent, an 

established form of worship and discipline in 
this country. Of this quasi-establishment, 
such as it was, and whatever its advantages 
and disadvantages, our congregation partook, 
until the whole system of State aid to religion 
in Ireland was dissolved in 1S69. Henceforth 
we depend mainly upon our own efforts. We 

have few endowments : the site of our old 
manse ; a property in Waring Street, of which 
a share was left to us by the late William 
Tennent in 1S32 ; the proceeds of the com- 
mutation of the Regium Donum; these are 
the chief of our extraneous resources. Our 
strength must always lie more in the men 
and women whom we can interest, secure, 

and educate in our principles, than in any 
outward props to our cause. Our wise and 
thoughtful laity are the real hope and stability 
of our movement. That movement was not 
hasty in its origin, its spirit has not been 
flighty in its direction. Firm, steady, per- 
sistent, hopeful has been its course. God has 
eone before it ; will He not be its rearward ? 

Dates. — Succession of our regular r 
Removal to Rosemary Lane, about 1695. 
Baptismal Register begins, 1757. Our old( 
Meeting-house rebuilt, 1783. Skipper 

linistry begins, 1660. Regium Donum first granted, i6yo ; enlarged, 1784, 1792, 1803. 

Second Congregation founded, 1708. Third Congregation founded, 1722. Our 

st title and trust deed, 31st August, 1767. Congregational Minute-book begins, 1760. 

set property, 1833. Dissenters' Chapels Act, 1S44. Meeting-House registered for 

Marriages, 1845. Fee-simple of Meeting-House, &c, acquired, 1855. Northern Presbytery of Antrim, 




How the Doctrines we hold have grown out of the Principles which hold us. The ''Six 
Propositions," or Charter of Nonsubscription ; preamble of Nonsubscribing Association. Essence of 
the Nonsubscribing position. New lights from England — Scotland— America. Doctrinal develop- 
ments ; Calvinism — Arminianism — Arianism — modern Unitarianism. The Divine Character — Holy 
Scripture — authority of Jesus Christ — meaning of Salvation — the Life beyond this. Prospects of our 
doctrinal views. 

EVER, in all probability, was there 
a more disgraceful prosecution, 
for a matter of Christian opinion, 
than that which was inflicted up- 
on Thomas Emlyn (1663-1741). 
The indictment was for a " blasphemous libel"; 
and these were the words specially incrimin- 
ated as blasphemy : " I see no reason," Emlyn 
had written, " there will be to oppose those 
Unitarians who think him (Jesus Christ) to 
be a sufficient Saviour and Prince, tho he 
be not the only supreme God ; nor can any, 
with reason, attempt to prove him to be such, 
from his works and office as king of his 
church, since 'tis implied, that as such he 
must do homage to God the Father, in 
delivering up his kingdom to him. And 
this very expression, to God the Father, 
makes it plain, that there is no God the Son 
in the same sense, or in the same supreme 
essence with the Father. ... So then, 
Jesus Christ, in his highest capacity, being 
inferior to the Father, how can he be the 

same God, to which he is subject, or of the 
same rank and dignity. ... So that 
. . . I may . . . safely say thus much, 
that the blessed Jesus has declared himself 
not to be the supreme God, or equal to the 
Father, as plainly as words could speak, or in 
brief express." This was the blasphemy. 

Emlyn was a Unitarian : the first and the 
last minister in Ireland who distinctly avowed 
himself to be such, until within living memory. 
His expression of Unitarianism was studious- 
ly temperate and moderate, as may be judged 
from the specimens just given ; the only ones 
produced as the foundation of the odious and 
atrocious charge of blasphemy. But on the 
strength of these words, after a most iniquit- 
ous mockery of a trial, the Chief Justice of 
Ireland (Richard Pyne), having two Arch- 
bishops sitting beside him on the bench, and 
four or five others present in court, sentenced 
(16th June, 1703) a Presbyterian minister to 
be led round the Four Courts, with a paper 
of accusation on his breast; to be incarcerated 



IHc'f/i/nere /jin. 





for a year, certain; then to pay .£1,000, and 
continue to be in prison till the money was 
handed in ; lastly, to find security for good 
behaviour during life. Nice men those 
bishops were, nor even content with overaw- 
ing the jury by their presence. One of them, 
and he the Primate of all Ireland, had a 
statutory claim, it seems, as Queen's Almoner, 
to a shilling in the pound, on the fine. After 
two years' imprisonment, Emlyn was allowed 
by the Lord Lieutenant (James, second Duke 
of Ormond) to go free, on payment of £jo, 
instead of £1,000. But this did not suit His 
Grace my Lord Archbishop Narcissus Marsh 
of Armagh. " Give me my full poundage," 
said that Most Reverend man ; and he got it, 
too, in hard cash, before the Presbyterian 
heretic was permitted to avail himself of the 
more Christian mercies of the State. 

So conspicuous a display of theological 
ferocity excited throughout Ireland, and ex- 
tended to England, a tumult of various feeling. 
What the unprejudiced thought about it, may 
be learned from a caustic review of the case, 
published by Sir Richard Steele, but in reality 
written by the great Whig Bishop, Benjamin 
Hoadly (1676-1761). "To bring down the 
Father to a level with his own Son, is a com- 
mendable work, and the applauded labour of 
many learned men of leisure ; but to place 
the Son below his own Father in any degree 
of real perfection, this is an unpardonable 
error; so unpardonable, that all hands were 
united against that unhappy man ; and he 
found at length that he had much better have 
violated all God's commandments, than have 
interpreted some passages of Scripture differ- 
ently from his brethren. The Nonconformists 
accused him, the Conformists condemned him, 
the secular power was called in, and the cause 
ended in an imprisonment and a very great 
fine ; two methods of conviction about which 
the Gospel is silent." 

In Ulster, the effect of the trial of Emlyn 
was distinctly felt in two opposite directions. 
The moderate were saddened, and set a 

thinking ; those who stood upon the old paths 
were alarmed amid their rejoicing. Before 
the trial, the General Synod, in an address to 
Queen Anne, had taken credit to the Presby- 
terians for having cast off Emlyn, and for- 
bidden him to preach. While he yet languished 
in prison, they took no steps for his release. 
But when the news came that Ormond had 
ordered the reduction of the fine, and that the 
dreadful heretic might shortly be expected 
at large, then the General Synod evidently 
thought that the time had arrived for pre- 
cautionary action. Accordingly they enacted 
(5th June, 1705) that all candidates for licence 
and ordination should subscribe the West- 
minster Confession. Observe, that they did 
not venture to impose the test upon those 
already in orders. 

The resolution of Synod was unanimously 
carried. Having concurred in passing it, 
some of the wiser heads appear to have 
bethought them of a duty even more pressing 
and imperative than that of securing an 
enforced allegiance to the doctrines which 
Emlyn had impugned ; namely, of enquiring 
at the fountain-head into the teachings of the 
Christian oracles themselves, on the moment- 
ous topics which had begun to agitate the 
public mind. Thus, in the same year in 
which the Westminster Confession became 
the authoritative document of the Irish Pres- 
byterian Church, the ministerial club, known 
as the Belfast Society, was formed. 

This was a society of ministers from 
various Presbyteries, men of open mind, of 
great intelligence, and of competent learning, 
who began to meet periodically, for a free 
and prayerful examination into the contents 
of the Scriptures in their original tongues. 
Needless to say what this always leads to, 
when men are not bound beforehand by the 
fetters of a system. It led, in the case of 
these candid and scholarly divines, to the 
determination that, for their parts, they 
would never set their hands, in slavish sub- 
scription, either to the Westminster system 



of doctrine, or to any other product of 
human wisdom. 

Haliday's gallant refusal (when called to 
the ministry of this Church, at the beginning 
of 1720) to renew, in any way, his subscription, 
brought matters to a crisis. Haliday's ap- 
pearance as a recruit in the ranks of the 
liberal party was a fact of the first importance. 
He had been a member of the Belfast Society, 
and, though of Irish birth, had never yet been 
settled in Ireland. But. he had done good 
service in London, on behalf of the liberties 
of Irish Presbyterians, and had earned the 
grateful vote of the Synod, in reward of his 
exertions. In London, also, he had learned 
the principle of Nonsubscription, during the 
debates at Salter's Hall, in 1 7 1 9. when "the 
Bible carried it by four." On his refusal to 
subscribe, the Synod was in a fix. An accus- 
ation of Arianism and anti-Presbyterianism 
raised against Haliday had utterly broken 
down. What was called a Pacific Act had 
been passed, in June, 1720. Its name was as 
delusive as that of the Pacific Ocean. The 
Pacific Act provided that in future " all 
intrants into the ministry," even if already 
ordained out of Ireland, must subscribe the 
Westminster Confession ; but that if they 
should scruple " any phrase or phrases," they 
might substitute for such phrases their own 
expressions, and the Presbyteries were to 
judge whether such substituted expressions 
were sound or not. 'But,' said Haliday, 
when called upon to subscribe, on 28th July, 
' I scruple at every phrase ; not that I 
disbelieve the truths which the Confession 
contains ; but I say, " Scripture is a sufficient 
test of orthodoxy, and the only legitimate 
test." ' The Belfast Presbytery installed Hali- 
day on this footing. The Synod, appealed to 
in the following year (1721), decided at length 
to let the matter drop ; but, to ease their 
consciences, a large proportion of the members 
availed themselves of a permission to attach 
their signatures voluntarily to the Confession, 
as a public sign of adhesion to it. Those who 

did not do this were henceforth called Non- 

Among these Nonsubscribers was Thomas 
Nevin (d. 1744), of Downpatrick. The talk 
ran one day, in Captain Hannyngton's parlour 
at Moneyrea, on the subject of blasphemy ; a 
crime which, according to the Confession, the 
magistrate is bound to punish. Nevin, who 
was present, called attention to the case of 
the Jews, who, he said, could not be fairly 
condemned for blasphemy, though they con- 
scientiously denied Christ to be God. 'What,' 
said Hannyngton, 'is it no blasphemy to call 
Christ a creature ?' ' How can it be,' retorted 
Nevin, ' when we all own Christ to be man as 
well as God?' Gossip flew from mouth to 
mouth, asseverating that Nevin had nakedly 
avowed "it is no blasphemy to say Christ 
is not God." The inference was obvious ; 
Emlyn, that blaspheming Unitarian, must 
have a warm sympathiser at Downpatrick. 
Nevin was arraigned before the Synod (1724). 
Ten days were spent, without success, in 
endeavouring to bring him to book. At 
length a resolution was carried, requiring 
him, in obedience to the Synod, then and 
there, to make a declaration of his belief in 
the supreme Deity of Christ. Nevin very 
properly declined to obey this peremptory 
mandate. He said it was the duty of his 
accusers to prove their charge ; and the 
Synod had no right to take this way of 
disposing of it. He would make no declar- 
ation ; but he bade them observe that his 
refusal proceeded from no disbelief of the 
doctrine. The Synod at once declined all 
further ministerial communion with him, and 
decided to proceed no further with the trial. 
Evidently the temper of the body was huffed. 
The spirit of angry disputation was roused. 
Nonsubscribers could expect no quarter. 

Haliday, to prove the reasonableness of 
their objections, published an attack on the 
theological language of the Confession, in 
a "Letter" (1725) to Gilbert Kennedy, of 
Tullylish. The point he selects is one which 


will strike a modern reader as rather a small 
one. It is the phrase in which the Confession 
speaks of the two natures of Christ as joined 
" without composition." The notable thing, 
however, is that Haliday takes exception to 
the Confession, not on the ground that it ex- 
cludes or condemns heresy, but because it 
opens the door for theological inaccuracy. 

Let this distinction be observed very closely. 
The whole religious meaning and drift of 
Nonsubscription will be missed, unless there 
be a firm grasp and full mastery of this 
strong position, which it took at the outset. 
Nonsubscription does not mean, and never 
did mean, a plea for mere liberty ; it rests on 
a plea for truth, for honest and conscientious 
exactitude inthemomentous matters of Christ- 
ian doctrine. Nonsubscribers rejected the 
clauses of the Confession as fetters ; but how 
did they experience them to be shackles ? 
Not because they had embarked in a quixotic 
pursuit of religion without definite opinions ; 
but because, comparing the creed with the 
New Testament, and studying carefully among 
themselves the language of Christ and his 
Apostles, they had discovered that, though in 
the main the doctrines of the Confession 
were such as their education and training had 
taught them to approve, yet they could not 
conscientiously say that all its particular 
statements were true in fact. Truth was the 
watchword of these men. They found that 
the simple truth of Jesus Christ was one 
thing ; the Westminster Confession, however 
admirable from some points of view, was 
another thing. Hence they said : ' We will 
be judged by the truth of Christ; we will not 
be judged by the Confession. Examine us, 
as much as you will, by the standard of the 
Master's own teaching ; the Westminster Con- 
fession was not spoken on the Mount ; the 
Westminster Confession has no claim to be 
an arbitrary rule of faith.' 

This was the gist of the famous Six Pro- 
positions, offered as an Expedient for Peace, 
to the General Synod of 1726, and erected 

into the very Magna Charta of Nonsubscrip- 
tion, when, in that memorable year, the 
main body of the Presbyterians of Ulster 
drove from their midst the principles and 
the persons of their Nonsubscribing brethren. 
Beneath some antique verbiage, the meaning 
they embody is full of fresh and wholesome 
life, needed, and soon to be demanded, by the 
Ulster of to-day. The General Assembly, 
though it has rejoiced the shade of Jubal by 
its debates tending .to show the need of a 
little liberty to such as handle the organ, 
would reject the Six Propositions to-day, 
as its ancestors rejected them more than 
a century and a-half ago. But when the 
gathering of the clans of Presbyterianism, from 
all parts of the world, took place in Belfast 
recently (18S4), a body (the Cumberland 
Presbyterian Church of America) was admit- 
ted into the Presbyterian Alliance, which 
had formally superseded the Westminster 
Confession, in accordance with the demands 
of a fuller experience of God's truth. Nor 
will this question be finally settled, until the 
principles of Nonsubscription have received, 
in the light of the nineteenth century, a 
consideration which was denied to them in 
the twilight of the eighteenth. 

The first of the Six Propositions contains 
the pith of the whole. It is, that Christ 
himself has sufficiently laid down the terms 
of communion and conditions of office in his 
Church ; and that no body of men has a right 
to add to what is "settled in the Gospel." 
This means, in short, that our Lord, when he 
planted his religion among men, knew his 
own business, and asks no assistance from a 
conclave of Commonwealth divines, in laying 
the foundations of his Church. Accordingly, 
the second Proposition maintains that, with- 
out recourse to subscription, it is easy to 
ascertain whether persons have, or have not, 
the faith of Christ. The third and fourth 
affirm that, to impose subscription on minis- 
ters, or on "parents, as the condition of the 
baptism of their children," is to go beyond 


the precept and the warrant of Christ. The 
fifth and sixth deal with recent cases of 
soreness : the one condemns the exaction of 
a declaration of faith from a person who 
could not be fairly convicted of false doctrine 
on evidence (referring to Nevin's excommuni- 
action) ; the other very properly declares 
(with a reference to the action of the Synod 
after excusing Haliday) that to call that a 
voluntary subscription into which men were 
urged through fear of " a popular odium," was 
to shelter an act of injustice under an abuse 
of language. 

The substance of this historic manifesto is 
here given, partly in more modern words, 
partly in its original terms. Even at the 
risk of some tedium, it is desirable that its 
standpoint should be fully understood ; for 
it is the very ground on which we have rested 
secure and strong, from the days of Haliday 
until now. Precisely the same, in its force and 
bearing, is the preamble of the representative 
Association of Irish Nonsubscribing Presby- 
terians, founded in 1835. "Allegiance to the 
Lord Jesus Christ, as the only King and 
Head of the Church," and " the maintenance 
of the great principles of the Reformation, 
viz., the sufficiency of the Scripture, the right 
of Private Judgment, and the rejection of 
human authority in matters of faith," these 
are the solid planks of our Nonsubscribing 

Our Nonsubscribing fathers were, in one 
sense, as orthodox as our neighbours of 
the General Assembly. In another sense 
they were as unorthodox as ourselves. If 
orthodoxy means the holding of Trinitarian 
opinions, then they were genuinely orthodox. 
But if orthodoxy means that questions of 
theology were settled, once and for ever, by a 
committee of experts, sitting in the Jerusalem 
Chamber, to do what Christ left undone, then 
they would have repudiated the notion of 
orthodoxy, root and branch. And unfortun- 
ately this is what orthodoxy is commonly 
taken to imply, when the word is used by 

Presbyterians. It ought to mean upright 
opinion ; well formed, intelligible, honest 
opinion ; just as orthography means well 
formed, intelligible, honest writing, not the 
cramped and clerkly hand of ages past. 
But it has come to mean sixteenth century 
opinion in the Episcopal Church, and has not 
yet got beyond seventeenth century opinion 
in the majority of the Presbyterian Churches. 
Our forefathers said : ' We belong to the 
eighteenth century ; and we have just as good 
a right as any people had, seventy or eighty 
years before us, to learn the meaning of the 
New Testament for ourselves.' This was 
horribly unorthodox ; even though, with their 
previous training and associations, they actu- 
ally aimed at conclusions very little different 
from those of their contemporaries. And 
when we, their children, say : ' We also have 
a right, nay it is our Christian duty, to learn, 
in like manner, for ourselves, what is the 
truth of Christ,' we are following their exam- 
ple and their instructions. To Christ they 
led us, to Christ this day we go, resolved, 
with our own living hearts and open minds, 
to reach a present and personal interpretation 
of the message of our Divine Master, even as 
did those heroes of conscience and of hope, 
who reared by their sacrifices a shrine of God, 
devout and free, where, through coming ages, 
men might enter into the salvation of Christ, 
live the life of purity and charity, and worship 
the Father in spirit and in truth. 

No sudden leap of doctrinal aberration 
transferred our theology from the Calvinistic 
restraints of Scotland or of Westminster 
to the Unitarian discipleship in which we 
now rejoice. The steps were deliberate, 
slow, and sure. Our body, though strangers 
coming among us often mistake its temper, 
is essentially conservative in its instincts; 
cautious in its movements ; changing, not 
for change's sake, but under pressure of 
recognised truth ; ready, nay eager, to accord 
an unprejudiced hearing to what any honest 
mind may offer, but quite unwilling to part 


with any principle which time and experience 
have approved as sound, for any novelty of 
the passing hour. Influences from other 
countries aided the gradual development of 
our doctrinal changes. England, whose dis- 
carded Confession our divines had adopted, 
now furnished us with literature that counter- 
acted the effect of the Westminster theology. 
From the Establishment came, very early in 
the century, Dr. Samuel Clarke's famous book 
on the Trinity (17 12), the fountain-head of 
the so-called Arian 
views ; a book, the 
influence of which, 
after forty-four 
years, led Bishop 
Robert Clayton, of 
Clogher, to move 
in the Irish House 
of Lords (1756), 
that the Athan- 
asian and Nicene 
Creeds be expung- 
ed from the Prayer 
Book. From the 
Dissenters came, 
near the middle of 
the century, Dr. 
John Taylor's book 
on Original Sin 
( 1 740), .which, more 
perhaps than any 
other work, contri- 
buted to the liber- 
alising of the theo- 
logical intelligence of the age ; it was reprinted 
in Belfast in 1746, and the list of subscribers, 
and catalogue of theological works sold by 
the publishers, should be carefully studied 
by all who are interested in the mental history 
of the Province. Scotland continued to edu- 
cate our Irish Presbyterian clergy in liberal 
ideas, as has already been remarked and 
illustrated in our first chapter. Scotland, 
that had given us the stalwart, fervid Calvin- 
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calm, enlightened wisdom of James Crombie. 
Lastly, America sent us across the sea the 
quickening word of the most exquisite of 
writers and most elevating of reformers, the 
pure and sweet genius of William Ellery 
Charming. We had, indeed, some right to 
avail ourselves of the light of Channing's 
lamp, for throughout his ministerial life it 
burned in a house of worship founded by 
John Morehead of Newtownards, and long 
known as the "Irish Church" ; and we may 
add that, though 
native hands had 
prepared the soil, 
the first seed of the 
spreading tree of 
American Unit- 
arianism was sown 
in 1 783, by William 
Hazlitt, of Shrone 
hill, Tipperary. 

The first great 
stride in our de- 
velopment was that 
which drew us from 
Calvinism, the Gos- 
pel of the love of 
God for the elect, 
to Arminianism, 
the Gospel of the 
love of God for the 
world. Many of 
the original Non- 
subscribers ultim- 
ately took this step; 
few, or probably none, got any further. The 
next decisive move was that which conducted 
us from Trinitarianism with its mysteriously 
three-fold God, to Arianism with its clear 
presentation of the Eternal Father, whose 
attributes are visibly mirrored in the spotless 
brightness of His only Son. Silently this 
move was made. We cannot say precisely 
when, or by whom, the transition to the 
Arian view was first accomplished. For, in 


te of the largeness of the Toleration Act, 


the statute book still (and up to so recently 
as 1817) laid pains and penalties upon all 
who should speak or write against the received 
doctrine of the Trinity; and the fate of Emlyn 
warned men that open speech might be a 
dangerous experiment. The change, accord- 
ingly, was effected in comparative silence, 
but it was a silence that might be felt. 
Trinitarianism is, for the most part, an ex- 
crescence upon Christianity; the excrescence 
was quietly laid aside, without direct attack 
or public proclamation. Trinitarian ideas 
and expressions, borrowed from the Creeds, 
were calmly dropped ; the language of the 
New Testament was reinstated in their place. 
This we may safely say, that since the 
appointment of Thomas Drennan (1736), 
the doctrine of the Trinity has never been 
preached or owned by any minister of this 

Now these two great changes, from Calvin- 
ism to Arminianism, and from the Trinitarian 
to the Arian position, really, and in substance, 
involve all the rest. That God loves man, 
not merely some men ; that Christ is the 
Son, not the identical Self, of God; these 
axioms comprise the whole story of our theo- 
logical advance. Whatever else there may 
be to tell, is included within the full merining 
of these two propositions. Modern Unit- 
arianism is their outcome. 

The Unitarian name was introduced to the 
North of Ireland in a publication which has 
escaped the notice of our historians, a Gospel 
Defence of the Unitarian Doctrine, printed 
in Belfast, in 1774. Its unknown author, who 
took the name of Epaphras, was a layman in 
sympathy with the views of Priestley. The 
opinions of that great writer never made 
much way in this part of the world, and it is 
probable that Epaphras' publication found 
few readers. Certainly it did not succeed, 
either in recommending the particular stand- 
point of Priestley, or in naturalising among us 
the Unitarian name. So long as that name 
was identified with Humanitarianism, it was 

rejected (and this is not surprising) by the 
Arians of Ulster. In 1821, the managers 
of the Unitarian Fund in London, who 
had long meditated a movement in Ireland, 
despatched a missionary to Ulster, John 
Smethurst (1793- 1859). He was an amiable 
and a scholarly man, but his mission was a 
dead failure; one may even say, deservedly 
so. For its object was, not so much to win 
new ground for Unitarianism, as to convert 
the Ulster Arians into Humanitarians of the 
then prevalent English type. The Ulster 
Arians thought themselves fully competent to 
manage their own theological affairs, and very 
generally turned the cold shoulder upon John 
Smethurst. He was not allowed to preach in 
any Meeting-house in Belfast, but he lectured 
in the Lancasterian Schoolroom. 

But though this mission fell signally flat, 
it was productive, both directly and indirectly, 
of very important results. It summoned 
forth, for the first time, the tremendous theo- 
logical energies of Henry Cooke, who went 
from place to place after Smethurst, literally 
annihilating his chances of influence, and 
who, from that time forward, embarked on 
his life-long career of animosity to Unitarian- 
ism in every shape and form. It brought out, 
also, the great Dr. Bruce as a controversial 
theologian, not in defence of Smethurst, but 
in opposition to his tenets, from another point 
of view. Dr. Bruce was the first minister in 
the North of Ireland who took the Unitarian 
name ; and he was encouraged to do so by 
the new currency which had been given to it 
by the Baltimore Sermon (1819) of Dr. Chan- 
ning, which electrified America, and taught 
the world that there was a broader, a more 
comprehensive, and a more spiritual type of 
Unitarianism in being than that presented for 
the moment by the insular English school. 

Dr. Bruce's theology is on lines coincident 
with those which formed the doctrinal aspect 
of Channing's mind, with more of systematic 
nicety, based on a much closer and more 
connected study of scripture ; at the same 



time, with far less ardour of spiritual appeal. 
The weak places in Dr. Bruce 's armour were 
searched out with keen acumen by Dr. John 
Paul, in his Refutation of Arianism (1S25). 
But neither this powerful criticism, nor the 
mass of subsequent publications, has rendered 
Dr. Bruce's Sermons on the study of the Bible, 
and of the Doctrines of Christianity (1824, 
improved edition, 1S26) out of date ; though, 

of course, there are points on which sixty 
years have tended to revise our conclusions. 
Less suasive, perhaps, than the sermons of 
John Mitchel of Newry, on The Scripture 
Doctrine of the Divinity of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, which appeared four years later (1S2S, 
second edition, 1830), they are strong, manly, 
ably argued, and admirably written ; right 
worthy of their historic place, as constituting 
the first elucidation of Unitarian Christianity 
committed to the press by any Ulster Presby- 
terian clergyman. 

Following the same lines, is the better 
known and more accessible defence of 
Unitarianism by John Scott Porter, in the 
discussion with Dean Bagot, in 1834. This 
controversy is unique among expositions of 
Unitarianism, in that it inseparably joins 
together both sides of the argument ; so that 
no one can procure the work of the Trinit- 
arian advocate, without procuring also the 
work of his Unitarian opponent, or consult 
the argument for the Divine Unipersonality, 
without having the counter-argument before 
his eyes. To studious and candid minds, 
to whichever side disposed, this is a great 
gain. Our more recent literature is now 
pretty abundant in state- 
ments and defences of 
our faith ; and for facili- 
tating its circulation, we 
hive two voluntary in- 
stitutions, the Unitarian 
Society (1S32) and the 
Ulster Unitarian Christian 
Association (1875), main- 
tained respectively by 
those who take opposite 
modern controversies. 

Unitarianism, which takes its name from 
its vindication of the doctrine of One God in 
One Person, is even more conclusively dis- 
tinguished by its view of the Divine Character 
than by its account of the Divine Personality. 
That God is One, we receive as the central 
truth of the Old Testament ; that God is 
Love, we take to be the essence of the New 
Testament. It is this persuasion which has 
practically reconstructed the whole scheme 
and spirit of our theology ; making it impos- 
sible for us to believe the Almighty Father a 
Being implacable towards any who truly 
repent and turn to Him ; and causing us to 
see in the mission and the work of Christ, not 
the antithesis to the sterner mind of God, not 
the deprecation of the Creator's wrath, not 
the arbitrary satisfaction of an otherwise 
inexorable severity in the Most High, but 










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the manifestation and the fulfilment of the 
Father's love. 

The same principle has guided us in our 
estimation of the place, purpose, and meaning 
of the Holy Scriptures of our faith, which we 
read in the constant light of the Fatherhood 
and lovingkindness of God, perusing and 
interpreting them as divinely adapted for the 
gradual unfolding of His spiritual truth to 
the minds of men in successive ages, till at 
length the full blaze of the sun of heavenly 
knowledge shone in the revelation of Jesus 
Christ. We do not go to the Scriptures to 
teach us the lower sciences, which God has 
given us faculties to acquire in other ways. 
We do not open the volumes of revelation 
as though they were text-books of history, of 
chronology, of physics, of astronomy. We 
search them for richer results ; we approach 
and revere them as the great treasury of the 
records of God's dealing with the human soul. 
We experience in them the touch of the 
Spirit of God ; we feel the inspiration which 
they communicate to mind and heart, to 
conscience and character ; and therefore we 
say that they are inspired, because we know 
that they inspire. 

Even above the New Testament we place 
him whose picture there is faithfully and 
sublimely drawn, and whose authority we 
hold ourselves, as Christians, bound at all 
hazards to abide by and to maintain. Though 
we do not deify him, we cannot separate 
Christ from God. His image is the one per- 
fect likeness of the Divine Love; it is through 
him — and this not by help merely of the 
words which he spake, nor only through the 
awe of his wonderful deeds, but through his 
overcoming presentation of a perfect good- 
ness, a holiness unflawed, and yet in living 
sympathy with men — it is through him that 
we understand the very heart of God, and 
have access to the Father. Therefore Christ 
is the highest authority in religion that we 
can approach or imagine ; the one true way 
to God, because the one true expression of 

the life of God, sent from the bosom of the 
Father to be the light of men below. 

We mean by Salvation a deliverance from 
something more than punishment, with its 
apprehensions and terrors ; namely, from that 
which is its justification and its cause, the 
evil and misery of sin. The Christian religion 
makes men safe by making them honest, true, 
upright, and good. It effects its appointed 
end by bringing into sinful man a new spirit 
from above, a spirit which regenerates his 
heart, refines his temper, purifies his dis- 
positions, regulates his conduct, subdues his 
passions, and reforms his life. The salutary 
office of Christ is accomplished in the human 
soul ; where at length he reigns as conqueror, 
not by pacifying God, but by gaining supre- 
macy over the rebellious will, as the fruit of 
his love, his labours, and his sacrifice. 

To the Life beyond this we look forward 
with hope, because there is that within us 
which says " We shall not die ; " with faith, 
because God is good ; with certainty, because 
Christ our Lord lives, and we shall also live. 
In the eternal world, we believe there shall be 
for every sinner, and for every sin, " tribula- 
tion and anguish," according to the righteous 
judgment of God, who will render to every 
man according to his deeds. Yet we believe 
not that sin can, in the realm of God, maintain 
against His love and power an everlasting 
abode in any heart. We look forward to the 
fulfilment of the promise that " there shall be 
no curse any more " (Rev. xxii. 3), but God 
at length be "all in all." 

If the enquiry arise as to the prospects of 
the spread and acceptance of the views of 
Christian doctrine outlined in the preceding 
sentences, the reply is, that already the 
vital substance of these views, welcomed or 
dreaded, acknowledged or disowned, domin- 
ates the thinking mind of the Christian world. 
The Unitarian name is shunned ; the Unit- 
arian spirit has proved too powerful for its 
opponents. It has invaded their own strong- 
holds, it dictates the tone of their most 


popular sermons, it presides over the develop- 
ments of their Biblical criticism, its gladdening 
light shines with emancipating ray into the 
heart and intelligence of the young ; the 
ominous shadow of its growing power falls 
heavily upon the breast of the anxious main- 
tainer of old traditions. It is not within 
the walls of Unitarian Meeting-houses alone 
that our essential principles find voice and 
acceptance. Pass by our doors with averted 
eye, and the library, the newspaper, the 
countless influences daily operating, which go 
to form the temper of the modern mind, will 
insensibly impel you in our direction. Send 
the text and the translation of the New 
Testament to the most trusted of scholars for 
revision, the Unitarians are the only theo- 
logians who are gainers by the results. Let 
history, science, scholarship, philosophy, 
conduct you to the most certain issues of 
their advancing knowledge, and there is a 
Unitarian argument in every position thus 
wrested from the ignorance of the past. The 
reception won by our actual teachings is 
considerable ; the permanence of our prin- 
ciples is even more signally apparent. Our 
way of looking at Scripture, our sense of the 
brotherhood of man, our proclamation of 
the Redeemer's humanity, our confidence in 
Almighty love ; all these have told, are 
telling, and will yet tell, upon the religious 
mind of the age. If the victory is not with 
us, at any rate the victory is ours. 

And still the Unitarian name is shunned. 

Perhaps this is not altogether wonderful. 
Indeed it is something to our credit that it is 
so. For, in an age of pious inconsistencies 
and halting betwixt the old and the new, an 
age of see-saw and zig-zag, we are an uncom- 
promising people. We must have the naked 
truth, and nothing less divine will satisfy us. 
We have passed the stage of half measures, 
of religious reticence, of endeavouring to fill 
old bottles with new wine, or to patch fresh 
cloth on tattered vestures of decay. All this 
is matter of history with us ; we have done 
with it. The period of temporary expedients 
is over in our case. Our forerunners felt 
their way through it ; our grandfathers came 
clean out of it. Amid the wild experiments 
and alarmed reactions and hesitating liberal- 
isms of our day, we stand secure in the 
possession of tried and verified truth. 

We need not expect an immediate recog- 
nition. In whose footsteps do we follow? 
"A disciple is not above his Master, nor a 
servant above his Lord." Children of a 
rejected Christ, what more dare we ask, than 
to have present fellowship with him who saw 
of the travail of his soul, and was satisfied ? 
But we have an unfailing promise : " Because 
thou didst keep the word of my patience, I 
also will keep thee from the hour of trial, 
that hour which is to come upon the whole 
world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 
I come quickly : hold fast that which thou 
hast, that no one take thy crown " (Rev. 
Ill- io. 1 1). 

DATES.— Emlyn's Trial, 1703. Clarke's " Scripture Doctrine of the Holy Trinity." 1712. Nevin's Trial, 1724. Haliday'i 
Letter to Kennedy, 1725. "Six Propositions" published, 1726. Professor Simson, of Glasgow, suspended. 1728. Taylor's 
"Scripture Doctrine of Original Sin." 1740. Bishop Clayton's "Essay on Spirit," 1751 ; motion in Irish House of Lords tc 
expunge Athanasian and Nicene Creeds from the Prayer-book, 1756. "Gospel Defence of Unitarian Doctrine," 1774. Tnnitj 
Act, 1817. Channing's Baltimore Sermon, 1819. Smethurst's Mission, 1821. Dr. Brace's doctrinal Sermons, 1S24. Unitarian 
Society, 1831. Porter and Bagot Discussion, 1834. Ulster Unitarian Christian Association, 1875. 


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What our Religious Life has been and ought to be. A Christian Church. Variations in our public 
services— prayer— praise — preaching. Religion in common life. Spiritual culture of young and old. 
Mission work. Propagandist!!. Our relation to other religious bodies. Personal religion. 

HE Centennial which has called 
forth the preparation of this vol- 
ume is not the centennial of our 
origination as the First Presby- 
terian Church in Belfast ; for this 
dates back above 240 years. It is not the 
centennial of our tenure of a religious home in 
Rosemary Street. We have been on this 
hospitable ground for nearer two centuries than 
one, and may hold our Rosemary Street bi- 
centennial in 1895, if God spares us. It is not 
the centennial of our Nonsubscription ; brave 
Haliday won the battle of our Christian 
liberty 165 years back. It is not the centen- 
nial of our Arianism, or of our Unitarianism, 
for, as we said in our last chapter, the doctrine 
of the Trinity has never been preached among 
us since Drennan lifted up his gentle voice 
in 1736. What, then, did we commemorate 
in 1883? The re-erection of a building, and 
therewith the revival, the re-organisation, 
and practically the re-establishment of our 
congregational cause. 

We were in such low water in 1781, that 
the dilapidated structure was looked upon as 

1 fit emblem of a falling interest, and if 
imorous counsels had been attended to, we 

might have commemorated in 1883, not the 
new birth of a Meeting-house, but its de- 
struction ; not the rejuvenescence of a religious 


society, but its evaporation or absorption. 
The courage of our forefathers, under their 
calm and intelligent leader, James Crombie, 
was rewarded by the rise of this beautiful 
House of Prayer, and by the beginning of a 
new period of religious prosperity for the 
Church which reassembled within its walls. 
Fresh heart, quickened energy, an invigorated 
life had been gained in the experiences of 
the common work, into which all had thrown 
themselves with cordial zeal and activity, 
during the two years of rebuilding. 

When the welcome day arrived, and the 
Church took possession of its finished sanct- 
uary, it was with increased adherents and 
brightened hopes. Friends and neighbours 
in all ranks and denominations had given 
their sympathy and their encouragement. 
The lord of the soil, a prelate of the Estab- 
lishment, the gentry round, the citizens within 
Belfast, old friends in distant quarters, all had 
recognised the honourable position, the ancient 
services, the prospects of further usefulness, 
the gathered warmth of commendable enter- 
prise, which belonged to the mother church 
of Presbyterianism, freedom, philanthropy, in 
Belfast. A spirit ripe and ready for the 
times animated the congregation, and flinging 
wide its reconstructed doors with songs of 
gratitude and praise, it opened on Sunday, 
ist June, 1783, a new era of its vitality and 
its fame. 

More than once since that memorable day 
there has come a period of depression, of 
anxiety, of searching of heart, in view of the 
affairs and the apparent prospects of this 
congregation. More than once have the 
thoughts of the elders been grave, in the 
presence of a spirit of listlessness or of 
timidity. It has never been proposed to pull 
down this building and do away with it ; but 
there was a passing suggestion, many years 
ago, to curtail its proportions. Since then it 
has been necessary, more than once, to 
amplify its accommodation. Once for all we 
may learn, as we look reverently back upon 

what our fathers feared and what they did 
a hundred years ago, that the right remedy, 
in every time of apprehension and drawback 
and inclination to feel uneasy, is to be found 
in new engagements, fresh enterprise, a bold 
seizure of opportunity by hearty co-operation 
with united mind and will. It is not a history 
only that we recall, as we go back to the 
memories of 1781-3 ; it is a promise we 
touch, a prophecy that speaks to us. Both 


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God and man help those who have faith and 
spirit to help themselves. 

Hence the value and preciousness of the 
occasion commemorated by our Centennial 
lay emphatically in this. It was far more 
than the successful issue of a building scheme. 
Under the divine blessing it inaugurated 
an important revival in our general church 
life. It is an interesting fact that the first 
publication by Dr. James Crombie, our second 


founder, as he may be called, was an Essay 
on Church Consecration (1777), in which he 
vigorously repudiates the idea of any spiritual 
virtue or hallowing grace, as residing in any 
fabric which the hand of man's diligence may 
raise, or the breath of man's words may set 
apart. The sanctity of a Christian church, 
he tells us, is not to be discovered in its 
habitation, but in its members ; consisting, as 
it does, in "just sentiments of God, impressed 

upon the soul," in the temper of the worship- 
ping mind, and in the righteous practice 
which " makes us happy here, and constitutes 
our bliss hereafter." 

The requisites of a Christian church are 
three ; a Creed, a Worship, an organised and 
beneficent Life. 

A Creed we have. But so much has the 
word been abused, that it is indispensable to 
explain that when we say Sic credo, "Thus I 

believe," we do not immediately proceed to 
crush a personal conviction into an instrument 
of exclusive privilege. We do not say Sic 
crcdendum est, ' So you must believe, or you 
are outside the pale of the church and of sal- 
vation.' Our creed is the flower of our history, 
that history which has been already sketched 
in its salient features. We are Unitarians, 
believing in the Unipersonality of God and 
in the universal benevolence of the Divine 

Character, believing in the manifestation of 
the Eternal Father, through the Perfect Son, 
whose manhood came from heaven to make 
God's goodness known. We are Unitarians 
in our conclusions, jet we do not thereby 
cease to be Nonsubscribers. We are Unit- 
arians on conviction ; Unitarians who rejoice 
to spread those principles which we have 
formed, proved, and found to be the strength 
and blessing of our lives. We are not Unit- 



arians on compulsion, nor would we wear 
again, or impose on any, the kind of servile 
yoke from which our fathers were happily 
delivered. No Unitarian formulary have we 
signed. Our creed is in our hearts, engraven 
on our minds. It is inseparable from our- 
selves. Intelligently we hold it ; gladly we 
proclaim it. We do not enact it into an iron 
rule by which the faith or the fellowship of 
future ages is to be restricted and determined. 
A Worship we have ; and in this most 
sacred attitude of our minds, this most spirit- 
ual purpose of our public association together, 
we rejoice to know that we are in entire 
harmony, both of thought and word, with 
our predecessors, notwithstanding the various 
phases of theological opinion through which 
our congregation has passed. Amid all these 
changes, our worship has uniformly been 
characterised by its direct address to the 
Father of all. To forget this, would be to 
miss the explanation of what puzzles and 
perplexes those who wonder at us from the 
outside. How have you kept together, they 
ask, amazed, during these intellectual revo- 
lutions, which have led you from Calvinism 
to Arminianism, from Arminianism to Unit- 
arianism ? What has been your bond, your 
stay, your common base of religious identity ? 
Why, it has been simply this, that we have 
always prayed together ; offering, with all our 
differences, a united and continuous worship 
to Him to whom our Saviour prayed ; feeling 
that though in other matters we might not 
think alike, in this, the expression of our 
highest homage, we were truly one, in aspir- 
ation, in spirit, in aim. In the matter of 
religious emotion, no feeling heart will lay 
down laws in the temper of a martinet. If 
we have strong feelings towards Christ, we 
should not hesitate to give them voice, in the 
invocation of a hymn, or in the frank warmth 
of a devotional utterance. But that the 
supreme object of all prayer, all praise, all 
adoration of the soul, is found in God the 
Father only, this has been, all along, the one 

guiding thought of our religion, and this the 
regulating fact of our sacred and solemn 

Till the first year of this century, we 
employed no other hymnal than that some- 
times quaint, but often sweet and powerful 
version of the Psalms, by the Cornish states- 
man, Sir Francis Rous (1579-1659), which 
our Scottish ancestors accepted, with some 

ial to John H. Houston. 

revision (in 1650), as their own ; supplemented 
at a later date by the Scripture Paraphrases 
(17S1). Thus was our book of praise, through- 
out our earlier history, completely in unison 
with the theological convictions of our latest 
growth, presenting no word or hint of the 
unscriptural doctrines which we came in 
course of time to discard. The first edition 
(1801) of our Psalms and Hymns was a tiny 
collection of 246 pieces. Since the prepar- 


ation of the existing edition (1818) containing 
300, the stores of modern hymnology have 
been marvellously enriched in beauty, life, 
and fulness, and a new book is in progress. 
But we owe much to the collection which we 
have so long employed, especially to its 
marked devotional quality, and would not 
willingly lose the treasures, dear to many a 
religious association, which its familiar pages 
enshrine. The introduction of an organ among 
us was strongly resisted for a long period ; 
and though the architect who designed 
our galleries, himself a churchman, intended 
from the first that the organ gallery should 
serve its present use, it was seventy years 
before an instrument was placed there. What 
was feared by Dr. Bruce, was, that the 
mechanical aid might prove the destruction of 
congregational psalmody, a danger, perhaps, 
not wholly unreal. No litany, and no re- 
sponsive prayer have we. But in sonorous 
hymn and simple chant, all may join, and be 
the better of it. The most impressive song 
of worship is that in which the chorus of the 
congregation rises, in honest, not self-conscious 
notes, with melody, perhaps unskilled, but 
from the heart. For music more elaborate, 
the anthem, which forms a part of all our 
regular services, gives scope. Our present 
collection of Chants and Anthems, edited 
under the superintendence of our accom- 
plished organist, Dr. Carroll, dates from 1866. 
Breaching, with us, as with all Btesbyterians, 
has been viewed far more as an integral part 
of worship than as an extraneous addition to 
it Listening to sermons constitutes one of 
our best recognised religious engagements. 
Mindful of this, successive preachers here 
have directed their efforts mainly to practical 
points of religious edification ; not inculcating 
theological niceties, but endeavouring to 
reach the conscience, to elevate the moral 
tone, and to deepen the spiritual life. It has 
been an interesting task to read and compare, 
for the purposes of this historical survey, a 
large number of specimens of the pulpit work 

of this church, some in print, some in manu- 
script, from Batrick Adair downwards through 
all the variations of theological change. Very 
remark-able is the great similarity of spirit, 
even when controversy is in question ; very 
marked is the essential harmony of the pre- 
vailing tone of the general teaching, which is 
decidedly not controversial. The strain has 
been didactic, rather than emotional ; but 



Born 17th Moy, I7?8: Died oOlh April. 1849. 

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Memorial Tablet to Samuel Thomson , M.D. , 

to whose musieal taste and direction the congregational 

psalmody was long indebted. 

the main business and substance of the 
preacher's discourse has not been to give 
lectures in theology, but lessons of life, aids 
to the perfecting of the moral ideal, encourage- 
ments to the waiting upon the power of God 
in the soul. When Batrick Adair says, "on 
a sacrament day," in 1672 : "Whatever way 
people do seek Christ, they do find him. 
Those that seek no more than Christ's out- 


ward presence, he will consent to give them 
that; but those that seek his spiritual pres- 
ence, he will hear them also in that," he 
exhibits a power of generous appreciation of 
different stages of religious experience, and 
points, at the same time, to the true line of 
religious advance. Or when John M'Bride, 
also at a sacramental season, preaches, as his 
manner was, four successive sermons on the 

al Tablet to John Martin, father of the 
founder of the Throne Hospital. 

same text, and that the text which speaks 
of a good conscience, enforcing this as the 
test of spiritual health and vigour, we feel 
that, though the doctrines on which his eye 
was fixed were different from ours, his point 
of view was essentially one with our own. 

If resort to preaching be the most promi- 
nent and comprehensive of our religious 
observances, attendance on communions is 
the most significant. Our ancestors regarded 
this rite with an awe and reverence approach- 
ing the confines of superstitious dread. Hence 
the infrequency of their celebrations (origin- 
ally but once a-year in each congregation), 
the sedulous and searching care of their pre- 
parations, and their public thanksgiving days 
after participation. Early in the last century, 
the communion was celebrated among us 
in February and August, but the change to 
April and October preceded the erection of 

our present Meeting-house. Our conservative 
ways are still apparent in our traditional use 
of unleavened bread, though we have discarded 
the qualifying tokens, and have recently 
abandoned the ancient custom of sitting 
around the Lord's table in successive relays. 
But the communion is still to us the binding 
ordinance of our public religion. The sym- 
bol and the pledge of our Christian fellowship 
and profession has a hold upon cur affection, 
stronger than that of our ordinary worship. 
A minister accustomed to English usages, 
who was present at one of our recent com- 
munions, declared it to be a wonder and a 
joy to him, to see a whole congregation of 
Unitarians staying to participate in this 
beautiful and solemnising rite, which is at 
once the crown of our devotion to the Giver 
of all spiritual food, and the seal of our 
adherence to the cause of Christ. 


Ail organised Church Life we have. In- 
heritors of the free traditions of a popular 
Presbyterianism, we have found its machinery 
elastic enough to provide for the expansion 
of our ideas, and the altering conditions of 
our various work. In 1760, was added to a 
lifelong eldership, a congregational committee, 
forming a sessional body, periodically renewed. 

4 6 


The Presbyterian system may legitimately be 
regarded as that of which the outline is fore- 
shadowed in the New Testament. But it 
would neither be just nor wise to stickle for 
it as constituting a part of the substance of 
revelation. Forms of church government are 
matters of constitutional expedience, rather 
than of divine right, in an exclusive sense. 
Presbyterianism, fairly administered, has 
proved itself a most valuable and sufficient 
instrument for training the mind, disciplining 
the energies, eliciting and giving effect to the 

Memorial Tablet to Alithca Ferguson. 

real convictions of a religious body. Besides 
this, it has rendered important services in 
directing the aid of strong congregations to 
the conservation of weak ones, both by moral 
support, and by material aid. No system, 
however, can do more for congregations than 
they are willing to do for themselves. Nor 
can any reliance upon religious ordinances 
supply the lack of the personal life of religion ; 
nor any creed suffice to make men good. 

Great store is set, by people of our creed, 
upon the religion of common life, and rightly 
no. A good home religion, a good Monday 
religion, a good business and market religion, 

a religion of week-day duties and veracities 
and generosities and charities, a religion that 
follows men behind the counter, and is not 
left in the pew, a religion that is not stifled 
in the hour of pleasure, to be roused again in 
the hour of prayer, a religion that keeps the 
heart clean, and the conduct straight; this is 
the religion which commands our suffrages, 
holds our esteem, and animates our ideal of 
the life that best serves God. But it would 
be a fatal mistake to suppose this religion, 
the religion of life and conduct, the practical 
religion of character, attainable in any 
high degree, without spiritual culture. You 
cannot regulate the actions of the outward 
man, without educating the motives of the 
inward man. As our Saviour says, " Make 
the tree good," if you want the fruit to be 
wholesome and sound. 

This work of spiritual culture is our great 
business with the young. This is the object 
of our Sunday Schools, our classes, our 
children's services. We have to train young 
minds in our ideas, not simply because they 
are ours, but because we believe them to be 
the best. We have to awaken in young 
hearts a glad response to the verities of our 
pure and holy faith, that their lives may be 
biassed in the right direction from the first. 
We have to encourage them to think for 
themselves, and spur them to act for them- 
selves ; but we are bound to give them, at 
the beginning, the best materials for thinking, 
and best guidance for action. If we neglect 
this, we neglect their future, we surrender 
the prospects of our cause, we destroy our 
best hope. Not one of us would wish to see 
our young people converted into Unitarian 
bigots ; but we do all of us desire to see them 
grow up intelligent Unitarians, knowing 
something of the historic past from which 
we spring, and understanding how to value 
it and to apply its lessons, having our 
principles at heart and ready to stand by 
them, permeated with our faith in God, 
actuated by what we have learned of Christ, 



at home in the sacred Scriptures, and prizing 
them with an appreciative and grateful love. 
This we do earnestly desire, and this we 
must all aim at, and determine to bring 
about. This if we cannot do, we can do 
nothing. A hundred years have passed since 
our forefathers, with Christian manliness, 
resolved not to accept a verdict of unsuccess, 
but reared our Meeting-house, in confident 
and courageous faith. We have learned to 
speak out our thoughts more boldly since 
then, to call things by their right names, to 
define our position, to own and to defend our 
theology. What were all this, if we cared 
not to provide for 
our own house- 
hold ? Better, 
according to the 
Apostle, to deny 
the faith at once ; 
the worst species 
of infidelity to our 
sacred cause is to 
believe that it is 
not worth while 
to secure its in- 
fluence over the 
rising life of our 
own immediate 
flock. Nothing 
which we have de- 
vised to celebrate 
this Centennial of ours, gives promise of so 
much permanent advantage as this, that we 
have seized the golden opportunity of making 
new provision for the housing of our Sunday 
School, our Libraries, our gatherings for 
religious and intellectual improvement, under 
the auspices of such fraternities as our Institute 
of Faith and Science. 

That we have a mission to the world outside 
is most true. But practical men to whom we 
may address ourselves, will measure our 
movement by measuring us ; will estimate it 
not by the abstract beauty of our tenets, but 
by the degree and quality of the results 


A 1 »amb to Itjr mmorv 
V J °' EU -EN. r»s unwu .no afuctTonatj wire or 

which they perceive to be registered in our 
individual characters, and in our church life. 
A prosperous, animated, energetic, and united 
church is always a missionary church. It 
always exercises a demonstrable influence on 
behalf of the principles it espouses. It earns 
the right to some attention ; "it conciliates 
respect ; it creates a presumption in its own 
favour. People say, 'There is power in it; 
there is an example about it ; we must look 
at it ; we may learn from it.' 

Upon this church of ours, two classes of 
eyes are steadily fixed. Turning towards us 
in warm sympathy and cordial hope, the 
sister churches 
of our commun- 
ion throughout 
the North of Ire- 
land await our 
movements, and 
scan our course. 
Naturally they 
expect it of us to 
a lead in good 
works, to en- 
courage others, 
to present, not 
merely a fair 
as our inherit- 
ance from the 
past, but an earnest, living church, thoroughly 
abreast of the times, as our pledge of the 

Again, we are exposed to a tolerably shrewd 
and searching scrutiny, cast upon our doings 
and not-doings, by the great mass of religion- 
ists who refuse to admit us within the pale of 
their brotherhood. Criticism from the outside, 
however unsympathetic, never does much 
harm to a resolute cause. It acts as a tonic ; 
bitter, but bracing. We have long been made 
conscious that whatever we do for our religion, 
we must do in a sort of ostracised isolation. 
None but weak minds will waste time in 

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complaining of this. We must accept it as a 
part of the conditions of the situation, a factor 
in our particular problem, and determine not 
to be rendered idle by lack of hearty co- 
operation and friendly fellowship, in quarters 
where our principles are painted black. We 
must show what these dreadful Unitarians 
are capable of. 

And further, we must take into account 
that there is very much latent and covert 
sympathy, both with our persons, as men of 
honour and principle, as citizens who have 
won respect, and with our views, as giving 
decided expression to tendencies powerfully 
felt in all denominations. There are those 
who are looking at us, not inimically, but 

ial Tablet to John and 

wistfully, acknowledging our constancy, envy- 
ing our freedom, in much accord with many 
or most of our conclusions, finding in us much 
to admire ; conscious that they would gain in 
consistency, thoroughness, mental purity, if 
they came over to our position, yet wondering 
whether, on the whole, they would not lose 
something which is spiritually precious to 
them, by a clear identification with us ; and 
finally kept aloof from us, because they are 
told (and find some colour for the calumny) 
that we are cold in our own despite, indiffer- 
ent to our own interests ; our principles firm, 
our energies slow ; our wealth rarely applicable 
to our own objects; great opportunities before 
us, the pulse of our zeal somewhat slack to 
embrace them. We shall not admit the 

justice of this feeling, but we must all have 
observed its existence. Every one of us must 
do what in us lies to remove it, not for our 
own sakes only, but for the sake also of those 
to whom it will prove the greatest of religious 
blessings to learn that Unitarianism can be 
compatible with ardour, enterprise, endeavour, 
the mainspring, the influential creative force 
of a strong and flourishing cause. 

The mission beyond our own borders, in 
which we take the keenest interest, and to 
which we render our most active aid, is a 
service of Christian benevolence, a work not 
of propagandism, but of moral elevation and 
wise charity. Here we feel deeply in earnest, 
and here, accordingly, we succeed. This mis- 
sion has taken many forms in our past history. 
The Domestic Mission (1853) which we 
largely support, and which owes its inception 
to the awakening word of one of our excellent 
ladies, is but one phase of the various schemes 
and unselfish agencies, from time to time 
originated and sustained by the members of 
our communion, in fulfilment of a recognised 
duty towards souls and bodies languishing 
around us. 

Scarcely, as yet, is our conscience pro- 
foundly stirred by the obligation " to do 
good and to communicate," as respects our 
positive tenets and principles as a denomina- 
tion. Hence the personal energy which we 
throw into this work is very slight, and does 
not at all represent the value we really set upon 
our express doctrinal beliefs. Lukewarm we 
are not, as is proved when we are roused to 
the defence of what we hold dear, by the 
assaults of the supposed "orthodox," or the 
attempts of those who do not understand 
that we cherish a distinctive Christian creed, 
and have no notion of surrendering it. But 
at ordinary times, and when not specially put 
upon our mettle, we are very placid in our 
contentment with the possession of the truth, 
and exceedingly calm in our contemplation 
of the world's neglect of it. Offering in a 
quiet way the stores of our literature to the 






passer by, we say, in effect, 'Take it, or leave 
it.' There is something of mental dignity 
in this self-contained and uneager attitude. 
But is it really all we are capable of? — all 
that we find in our heart of hearts ? Are we 
quite satisfied with it ? Is it not fair to 
interpret the needs of our time by urging the 
imperative and present claims of a Unitarian 
enthusiasm, a Unitarian activity, yes, of a 
Unitarian propagandism ? Let none start 
at the term. It is a 
wise husbandman's 
word. We must plant 
out bravely and boldly 
to-day, if we are to 
have a growth that is 
to flower and thrive 
in future years. 

Our relation to 
other religious bodies 
is, as has been already 
said, one of isolation; 
a feeling of suspicion 
on their part, a sense 
of ostracism on ours. 
Old memories tell us 
it was not always so. 
But let us look back 
a little, beyond the 
memory of the oldest. 
In the early days of 
the settlement of our 
cause, things were far 
more severe and try- 
ing in this respect Memorial Tablet io I 
than they are now. Think of the times 
when Church and State combined against 
us, times of penal Acts and vindictive 
prosecutions, when our ancestors and our 
spiritual harbingers were ejected, exiled, 
incarcerated. Some of the dread experiences 
of those times have been recounted in the pre- 
ceding chapters. Our forerunners endured 
the worst that men could do to shake and 
bend them. Men saw that they meant to live, 
and learned to respect them accordingly. A 

Bishop drove us from the " publique meeting 
place," and compelled us to seek and make a 
habitation of our own. Another Bishop, 
after 1 20 years of our independent persistency, 
sent his donation to the building of the house 
in which we meet. A clergyman (William 
Bristow) fulminated against us for what he 
was pleased to term our "schism," though, as 
colonists from Scotland, we had never owned 
or owed allegiance to the Episcopal Estab- 
lishment ; later on, 
that same clergyman, 
in spite of Crombie's 
bold reply, came 
hither on a Sunday 
evening, and held the 
collecting plate, after 
a sermon for one of 
our charities. That 
was in the halcyon 
days, when religious 
animosities slept, and 
good men of all creeds 
felt the harmony of presence 
of common dangers. 
Then came the ter- 
rible outspokenness of 
this Unitarianism. 
Neighbours fell back; 
members deserted us; 
the timid and careless 
sought a shelter from 
odium in the safe 
places of the Estab- 
lishment. Some, doubtless, were drawn from 
us by an awakened conviction that we were 
wrong. For there had been much indifference 
in those happy days ; other things slept be- 
sides religious animosity; and the Unitarian 
avowal forced men to have real opinions on 
one side or the other. 

What was the meaning of this outspoken- 
ness which severed so many ties ? It meant 
that we could no longer keep to ourselves, or 
restrain the inward pressure of imperative 


truth. We knew that to be serious, frank, 
and genuine, was better than being petted. 
Our avowed Unitarianism has not yet held 
its own for the period which intervened 
between the Bishop who persecuted, and the 
Bishop who patronised us. Yet, even now, 
people are beginning to appreciate, better 
than they once did, the true significance of 
our position, to recog- 
nise that we take our 
stand, not for a whim 
of being singular, nor 
because we have no 
religion, but because 
we set the Christ of 
God above the creeds 
of men, and conscience 
above conformity. 
Keep true to your own 
principles ; let men 
see that they make 
you earnest, united, 
thorough, energetic, 
benevolent; and they 
will hold out the hand 

The root of all suc- 
cess lies in personal 
qualities, and in their 
persistent application 
to some definite end. 
Our end and aim, as 
a congregation, is to 
spread the Kingdom of God, to diffuse the 
spirit of Christ, to deepen the power of 
religion. We cannot do this, unless first 
we have that Kingdom in our hearts, obey 
that spirit in our lives, feel that power in 
our own souls. Personal religion is, beyond 
all things else, the one great need. Our an- 
cestors were men of courage, for they were 

Alexander Gc 

men of faith, men of power inasmuch as they 
were men of prayer. In deep distresses their 
hearts were full of joy ; the praises of God 
were on their lips, because the sense of His 
mercies filled their souls. They followed the 
simple word of Christ, through difficulty and 
danger and temptation, through good report 
and ill, because they knew in whom they 
believed. There is 
no other way for us 
than their way. We 
have outgrown the 
measure of their 
thoughts ; but their 
spirit, their example, 
their devoutness, their 
sincerity, the enthusi- 
asm of theirallegiance 
to truth and goodness, 
their self-surrender 
to God, in the love 
of Christ, these are 
their imperishable be- 
quests. Taught of the 
Lord through them, 
we have to transmit 
the lesson to those 
that shall come after 
us, that great may be 
the peace of ourchild- 
ren ; that so, in days 
to come, they who 
shall worship in our 
places when we are gathered to our fathers, 
may forget our mistakes, and take no pattern 
by our shortcomings, but sometimes remember 
our aspirations and our hopes, and, cleaving 
fast to whatsoever things are true, honourable, 
just, and pure, may still, when we are dust, 
"offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to 
God, through Jesus Christ." 

Dates.— Crombie's Essay 
Congregational Library founded, 
new Organ, 1856. Domestic Mi: 
Centennial celebration, 18S3. 

Church Consecration, 1777. Our Hymn-book, first edition, 1801 ; second edition, 1818. 
38. Sunday School begun, 1838. Day School established, 1838. Organ introduced, 1853; 
on, 1833. Minister's Library, 1868. Mission Fund of Nonsubscribing Association, 1881. 


i.John Baird 1642— 1646. 

[Came to Ireland as chaplain to the Earl of 
Argyle's regiment. Reid thinks that in 
1646 he was installed to the charge of the 
congregation of Dervock, in the Route.] 

2. Anthony Shaw 1646— 1649. 

[A Scotch divine. Graduated at Edinburgh, 
17th April, 1639. Licensed by Stranraer 
Presbytery, 12th March, 1645. Ordained 
at Belfast, Sept., 1646. Became minister 
of Colmonell, Scotland, in 1649, and was 
deprived for nonconformity, 1st Oct., 1662. 
He was indulged in 1672, and preached in 
the Abbey Church, Paisley. On 2nd Aug., 
1683, and again on 10th Jan., 1684, he was 
imprisoned, and his indulgence declared 
void ; he was soon released, on finding 
caution, but bound to exercise no ministry. 
He died before 20th September, 1687, aged 
about 68. 

3. Read about 1650. 

[Nothing is definitely known of this minister. 
During the Commonwealth, the Presbyterian 
divines were superseded in Belfast by Inde- 
pendent and Baptist preachers. The regular 
succession of ministers begins with the next 

4. William Keyes 1660— 1673. 

[A native of England. During the Common- 
wealth he held the rectory of Heswall, 
Cheshire. He is said to have removed to 

Dublin, and to have become minister at 
Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, before 1660. 
At the Restoration, he was one of the 
Presbyterian deputation sent with an Ad- 
dress to Charles II. Removed to Carrick- 
fergus, and ministered there and at Belfast. 
Soon after this he was banished to Galway, 
but returned in 1664. The original meet- 
ing-house is believed to have been erected 
in his time (about 1668) in North Street, 
near the North Gate. On 19th February, 
1672, he was ordered by the Antrim Meet- 
ing to fix his residence in Belfast. From 
July to December, 1673, he was sent to 
supply at Bull Alley, Dublin, and had a call 
to that congregation. His removal from 
Belfast was opposed by commissioners of 
our congregation — viz., William Muir, 
Michael Briggart, and John Briggart. On 
8th April, 1673, he was called to Plunket 
Street, Dublin, and this removal was con- 
firmed by the Antrim Meeting, in spite of 
the opposition of the Belfast commissioners, 
Anderson and Chalmers. He died in 
Dublin about 1693. His son Jonathan was 
educated for the ministry.] 

5. Patrick Adair 1674—1694. 

[Third son of Rev. John Adair, of Genoch, 
Galloway. An eye-witness of the scene in 
the Edinburgh High Church, 23rd July, 
1637, when stools were flung at the Dean 
and Bishop, on the introduction of the 
Service-book. Ordained minister of Cairn- 
castle, 7th May, 1646, and demitted thence 


to Belfast, 13th Oct., 1647. Died 1694. 
Author of True Narrative of the Rise and 
Progress of the Presbyterian Government in 
the North of Ire/and. He married, first, his 
cousin Jean (d. 1675), second daughter of 
Sir Robert Adair, of Ballymena; second, 
Elizabeth Anderson (nee Martin). He left 
four sons — William (ordained at Bally- 
easton 1681, removed to Antrim 1690, 
and died 1698), Archibald, Alexander, and 
Patrick (minister at Carrickfergus, died 
June, 17 1 7), and a daughter Helen. For 
further particulars of Adair, see Dictionary 
of National Biography, edited by Leslie 
Stephen, vol. i., 1885, and references there.] 
N.B. — At the timeof Adair's appointment, 
Samuel Bryan preached in Belfast as 
Presbyterian chaplain to the Donegal 
family. Bryan had been Fellow of Peter- 
house, and Vicar of Allesley, Warwickshire ; 
he was ejected in 1662, and had been im- 
prisoned six months in Warwick gaol for 
preaching at Birmingham, before he obtained 
the post of household chaplain to Arthur, 
first Earl of Donegal, who, in his will (dated 
17th March, 1674), left him jQ^o a-year for 
four years, besides his salary. From 16S4 
to 1688, Thomas Emlyn, the English 
Presbyterian chaplain of the Countess of 
Donegal, preached on Sunday evenings in 
the Hall of the Castle, Belfast, and 
occasionally at other times in the Parish 
Church. Emlyn was not in communion 
with Adair; his patroness had been 
attached to Rev. W. Keyes, and was dis- 
pleased at his removal. 

6. John M'Bride 1694— 1718. 

[A native of Ireland, born probably in 165 1, 
and educated at Glasgow, where he entered 
in 1666 as "Johannes M'Bryd, Hybernus," 
and graduated, 15th July, 1673. Ordained, 
in 1680, minister of Clare, County Armagh. 
Having left Ireland, he became minister of 
Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, in 16SS. He 
was called to Ayr in 169 1, but the Presbytery 
would not translate him. In 1692, he was 
a member of the General Assembly of the 
Scottish Church. He was installed at 

Belfast, 3rd Oct., 1694. His influence 
obtained from the Donegal family the lease 
of the site in Rosemary Lane, on which the 
Meeting-house was built in the early part of 
his ministry. Moderator of Synod, 1697. 
Though no Jacobite, became a Non- 
abjuror in 1703, i.e., refused to make oath 
that the Pretender was not the son of 
James II. In 1704 he gifted some books 
to the Library of Glasgow College. Fled 
to Scotland in the winter of 1705-6, and 
preached in Glasgow. Returned to Belfast 
1708, but was again obliged to fly in 1 71 1, 
returning in 17 14. Died 21st July (buried 
23rd July), 1718. Author of a synodical 
Sermon, and three anonymous works in 
vindication of Presbyterians, including A 

Sample of jet-black Pr tic Calumny, 1 7 13. 

Prepared students for the ministry. Many 
stories of his caustic humour are current. 
His son, Robert M'Bride, was minister of 
Ballymoney. His grandson, Admiral John 
M'Bride, brought over Princess Charlotte 
in 1760, to marry George III. His great- 
grandson, John David M'Bride, D.C.L., 
Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford, died 
21st January, 1868, aet. ninety. The ill- 
starred genius, Edgar Allan Poe, was a 
descendant of M'Bride. 

From a private manuscript, written early 
in this century, the following curious par- 
ticulars of M'Bride's second flight (wrongly 
dated, however, in 1709) are extracted. 
" Being a Non-juror, an order was issued to 
seize his person. Of this he had private 
information, and made his escape in the 
night, disguised. The guard who was 
placed on the Long Bridge, being one of 
his parishioners, though he knew him, per- 
mitted him to pass. This was in the winter. 
The night being dark, and the weather 
tempestuous, he was obliged to shelter him- 
self in a field in Ballymacarret, not far 
from the bridge. On account of frequent 
watchings for many nights previous to this, 
he was overcome with fatigue ; and, happy 
to escape from the grip of those who 
wished to imprison him, he went into an 
adjoining field, where he fell asleep. On 


awaking, he found himself benumbed with 
cold, and, rubbing his hands to promote 
circulation, he rubbed off his finger a valu- 
able gold ring, which he never recovered. 
Next morning he proceeded to Donaghadee, 
and from thence to Glasgow, where he re- 
mained three years, and was offered the 
professorship of Divinity, which he refused, 
as he hoped and wished to return to his 
congregation in Belfast, which he did, im- 
mediately after the death of Queen Anne." 
" The morning after his escape, Mr. Warring, 
the Sovereign of the town [incorrect ; 
William Warring was Sovereign in 1669 and 
1670; the Sovereign in 17 10 and 1711 was 
Roger Haddock], having received an order 
to apprehend him, came to his house, and 
after a very strict search, not finding him, 
was so zealous in the cause in which he was 
engaged, that from disappointment in not 
having it in his power to render the state a 
singular service, and to have his name re- 
corded to posterity, on finding his picture 
only, hanging against a wall in his bed- 
chamber, he thrust his rapier through the 
cambric band. N.B — At the time of Mr. 
M'Bride's residence in Glasgow, he gave 
orders for his furniture [in Belfast] to be 
sold by auction, and by mistake his picture 
[portrait] was sold, and purchased by one of 
his parishioners. Some years afterwards, it 
was exposed to sale at an auction of this 
parishioner, when, by accident, Mr. John 
Rainey, of Greenville, Co. Down, seeing and 
knowing it, purchased it, and presented it 
to Mrs. Dyatt, of Belfast, daughter to Mr. 
M'Bride." [This portrait is now the pro- 
perty of the congregation, and bears still 
the marks of the Sovereign's rapier.] 

The manuscript further says : " The 
first account of the death of Queen Anne 
was brought to Belfast by express, on 
the morning when the doors of the 
meeting-houses were to be nayled up 
[Anne died on Sunday, 1st August, 17 14, 
the very day on which the Schism Act 
was to come into effect ; in Ireland, where 
there was no Toleration Act, the passing 
of the Schism Act led to fresh out- 

rages on Presbyterian liberties; the Meet- 
ing-houses at Antrim, Downpatrick, and 
Rathfriland were actually nailed up], to 
Isaac M'Cartney, merchant, who came to 
communicate it to Mr. Lenox, merchant, at 
a very early hour, daybreak. On hearing 
this news some hours after, Robert M'Bride, 
a youth living in Belfast, and son of the 
Rev. John [Robert] M'Bride, afterwards 
pastor in Ballymoney, and father of the late 
Admiral M'Bride, wishing to inform some 
of his friends of the pleasing news, mounted 
an old sorry-looking jade of his father's, and 
on his journey was met and accosted by a 
high churchman, thus, ' Hey, youngster, I 
suppose you and your mare are Presby- 
terians : she is so lean and meagre, and her 
ears hanging down, and you much in the 
same puritanical plight. Though I pity you, 
you deserve what you have got.' ' I thank 
you, sir,' replied the boy; ' but my mare 
will prick up her ears anon, and fling at all 
rough riders, since we know that Queen 
Anne is dead.' ' From whence have you 
the news?' asked the other, aghast. 'Go,' 
said he, 'to Mr. M'Cartney and Mr. 
Lenox, and they can inform you.'" 

The manuscript also states that John 
M'Bride's " remains are interred in the old 
churchyard of Belfast [? St. George's], under 
a red marble tombstone, whereon are his 
coat of arms [motto: "Scopus vita 
Christus"], and the following inscription 
[not now to be seen either at Shankill or 
St. George's] ; — 

Reverendi admodum Dni Johannis 
M'Bride, V.D.M., ossasuscipit hocmarmor; 
viri omnigena eruditione eximii. Anno 
16S0, Claras sacris initiatus est; ecclesiam 
Christi tarn Borgae quam Glasgua; in Scotia, 
diligenter instituit, A° 1694, ecclesiaa pres- 
byterali in hac urbe designatus est. Summa 
fidelitate ac utilitate pastorale officium 
peragens, pastorem evangelii omnibus ex- 
optatissimum se prasbuit. Lugente ecclesia 
tanti viri obitum, in Christo requievit 
Julii 21 A° 171S, ajtatis sure 68." 

Perhaps " pastorem " is a mistranscription 
for "prreconem.'] 



7. James Kirkpatrick, D.D., 1706— 170S. 

[A. native of Scotland. Son of Rev. Hugh 
Kirkpatrick, minister of Lurgan and Bally- 
money. Educated at Glasgow. Ordained, 
7th August, 1699, minister of Temple- 
patrick ; demitted thence to Belfast, 24th 
Sept, 1706, as colleague to the absent 
M'Bride, and with a view to form a new 
congregation. On 18th June, 1706, 
M'Bride had written from Stranraer that if 
there were 3,000 persons in the congrega- 
tion, there must be two Meeting-houses, and 
two distinct congregations. The second 
Meeting-house was built 170S, and Kirk- 
patrick became its first minister. Kirkpatrick 
was the first Belfast minister who upheld 
the principle of Nonsubscription. In later 
life, he successfully combined a physician's 
practice with his pastoral duties, being M.U. 
as well as D.U. Died 1744- Author of 
three Sermons, and six anonymous works, 
including An Historical Essay upon the 
Loyalty of Presbyterians, 1713.] 

8. Thomas Milling ...1714— 1719 (?) 

[Assistant to M'Bride. J 

9. Samuel Halidav, M.A. ... 1720— 1739. 

[Son of Rev. Samuel Haliday of Raphoe and 
Ardstraw. Educated in Scotland and at 
Leyden. Licensed, after subscribing the 
Westminster Confession, 1706, at Rotter- 
dam, and ordained 1708, without subscrip- 
tion, at Geneva. Present at Salters' Hall 
Conferences, 17 19. Called to Belfast, 
1719, and installed 28th July, 1720. The 
opposition to his installation, without 
subscription, led to the erection of the 
Third Congregation, Belfast, 1722; and to 
the formation of the Antrim Presbytery, 
1725, which was excluded from the General 
Synod, 1726. Died 5th March, 1739. 
Author of a Sermon and four other works. 
His son Alexander became the most 
eminent physician in Ulster.] 

10. Thomas Drennan, M.A. 1736— 176S. 

[Born in Belfast, 25th Dec, 1696. Graduated 
at Glasgow, 1715. Licensed in Belfast, 

1726. Ordained at Holywood, where he 
had pupils, June, 1731. Installed at Belfast, 
1736. Died 14th February, 1768.] 

11. Andrew Millar, M.A... .1745 (?) — 1749. 

[Assistant to Drennan ; removed to Summer- 
hill, Co. Meath, where he was ordained, 

12. Clotworthy Brown ... 1749— 1756 (?) 

[Ordained minister of Ballinderry, Feb., 1746. 
Removed to Ballymore, 1747, where he was 
installed by the Antrim Presbytery. Assis- 
tant to Drennan.] 

13. James Mackay 1756 — 1781. 

[Ordained minister of Bangor, 15th Nov., 
1732. Removed to Clonmel, 1740. In- 
stalled at Belfast, 1756. Died 22nd Jan , 
17S1. Author of Funeral Sermons for 
Drennan and for Gilbert Kennedy, minister 
of the Second Congregation.] 

14. John Beatty 1768 — 1770. 

[Minister of Holywood, but acted also as 
Mackay's assistant.] 

15. James Crombie, D.D., ... 1770— 1790. 

[Son of James Crombie, mason, of Perth, 
where he was born, 6th December, 1730. 
Educated at St. Andrews and Glasgow. 
Licensed by Strathbogie Presbytery, 8th 
June, 1757. Schoolmaster at Rothiemay. 
Ordained minister of Llanbryd, Co. Elgin, 
nth Sept., 1760. Demitted thence to 
Belfast, 4th Dec, 1770. Made D.D. of 
St. Andrews, Sept., 1783. Founded the 
Belfast Academy, 1786. Died 1st March, 
1790. He was married, 23rd July, 1774, to 
Elizabeth Simpson, who survived till 1824. 
See further particulars in Disciple, April, 
18S3 ] 

16. William Bruce, D.D. ... 1790— 1S41. 

[Born 30th July, 1757. Educated at Trinity 
College, Dublin, Glasgow, and Warrington. 
Ordained minister of Lisburn, 1775. Called 
to Strand Street, Dublin, 24th March, 



1782. Called to Belfast, nth March, 1790, 
where he succeeded Crombie as Principal 
of the Belfast Academy, 1st May, 1790. 
Retired from active duty, 21st Jan., 1831. 
Died 27th Feb., 1841. Author of five 
works, including Sermons on the Study of the 
Bible and the doctrines of Christianity, 1824. 
See further in Diet, of Nat. Biog. and Rev. 
Classon Porter's Seven Bruccs.] 

17. William Bruce, A.B. 

1S12— 1868. 

[Son of the preceding. Born 16th Nov., 1790. 
Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and 
Edinburgh. Ordained at Belfast, 3rd 
March, 1812, as colleague to his father. 
Professor of Greek and Latin in the Belfast 
Academical Institution, 1822. Retired 
from active duty 21st April, 1867. Died 
25th Oct., 186S. See further in Diet, of 
JVat. Biog. and Rev. Classon Porter's Seven 

18. John Scott Porter ... 1832— 1SS0. 

[Son of Rev. William Porter, A.M., of New- 
townlimavady, where he was born, 31st 
Dec, 1S01. Educated in Belfast. Licensed 
October, 1825, by the Bangor Presbytery. 
Ordained minister of Carter Lane, London, 
2nd March, 1826. Called to Belfast, nth 
Sept., 183 1, as assistant and successor to 
Dr. Bruce, and installed 2nd February, 
1S32. Professor of Theology, 1838; also 
of Hebrew, 185 1. Died 5th July, 1880. 
Author of publications, including the Dis- 
cussion with Dean Bagot, 1S34, and the 
Principles of Textual Criticism, 1848. He 
was married, 8th Oct., 1S33, to Margaret, 
eldest daughter of Andrew Marshall, M.D. 
His eldest son is the Right Hon. Andrew 
Marshall Porter, Master of the Rolls. For 
further particulars of Mr. Porter, see 
Memorial Addresses and Sermons, 1880.] 

19. Alexander Gordon, M.A. 1877— 


[The first volume of the Baptismal Register was 
missing as far back as the year 1790, and has 
been several times inquired after by advertise- 
ment and otherwise, without result. The existing 
book, still in use, bears the following title : 
" Register of Births in the old congregation of 
Protestant Dissenters in Belfast commencing 
April the first 1756 Vol lid" A few leaves are 
lost from the beginning; and the first three sur- 
viving leaves have been cut or torn. Up to the 
year 1790, the entries were made, after the bap- 
tism, either by the sexton or by the parent, and 
are often exceedingly illiterate. From 6th May, 
1790, the entries were made by the minister. 
What follows is a literal copy of the earliest 
remaining portion of the Register.] 

Blow (Arthur) of Daniel Blow, born friday the 22<i 

July 1757 and baptized by the Revd Mr 

Thomas Drenan on Monday following. 
Wallace (Robert) of Joseph Wallace Born on 

Thursday 21st July 1757 & baptized by the 

Reverend Thos Drenan On the Sunday 

Mussenden (Francis Thomas) of Wm Mussenden 

born the 24th August 1757 
Geattey (James) of Mr Geattey of peters Hill mar- 

chent was Born the 26 Junry 1757 
Halledey (Alexander) of Haledey Sandleen born 

the 28 of Juley, 1757 
Knard Sarey of Andrew Knard from the whit hous 

born Juley 30 

Starlen (Richeart) of Willean Starlen from the falls 

born the 1 octet)'' 1757 
megines (Ketren) of Laglean megines labrear from 

Stranmiles was born the 17 of Sebtembr 

willeams (James) of Ries willeams born the 2 of 

octr 1757 
Ros (griseal) of James Ros born the 29 of octbr 

Magee (Thomas) of James Magee Printer, born 

Thursday yf 27th of October, 1757. 

Doleway born the 23 of febry 175s 

Sinclaire . William Fredk of Thorns Sinclaire born 

Fryday 24th June 1758. & baptizd by M; 

Drenan same day 
Douglass Anne born July the 24th 175S of Willm 

Douglass — Baptized by Mr Drennon Wed- 
nesday 26 th 1 758 
Doaren John of Thomeas Doaren of mellon was 

born the 26 of Jun 175S 
Logean / Isbell of Jeames Logean of blleygomerten 

born July the 2 1758 
Litell / John of Robt Litell of Carmoney born 

novr the 5 1758 
Dllape / Ann of Sanders Dllape of the fallts born 

Sept the 15 1758 
Kalwall Willeam of Robt Kalwall merchent born 

Sept the 1 1758 
Dasion / Hweu of Jeames Dasion of Carmoney 

born nofmbr 23 1758 
Dasion thomeas of James Dason born April 5 




Hamltion / mearey of James Hamltion brekliear 

born Nof' 23 1758 
Blear / Bricas of James Blear Shou mekaer born 

Decmr 8 
Caroline of Will Mussenden born the 23d day of 

Decemr 1758 
Blow (Mary) of Daniel Blow, born friday the 22d 

of Decemr 1758 and baptised by the Revd 

Mr Thomas Drennan the Wednesday fol- 


Drennan the friday following 

Nikell / George of Robt Nikell born 30 March in 

the Contey of Doien 
Carnahan / Samuel of Samuel Carnahan farmer 

born the 9th of Agust 1756 
Carnahan / mary of Samuel Carnahan farmer born 

the 14 of march 1759 
Getty (John) of James Getty born Wednsday the 

1 8th April & Babtised by Tne Revd Mr 

Drennin the 25th 
Wallace (Grace) of Joseph Wallace, Born Wednes- 
day The 23d May, 1759 & baptiz'd by the 

Revd Thos Drenna the 27th 
m c Nealey (Alexr) of Hwe m c Nealey Born the 2 

May 1759 
Gordan (John) of Robt Gordan Marchant Bora the 

17 of March 1756 
Gordan (David) and (Ursula) of Robt Gordan Mar- 
chant born the 31 of May 1759 
Martean (Joseph) of Joseph Marten of Carmony 

born the 23 Jun 1759 
Sloan / mearey of James Sloan Copear bora the 6 

of octr 1759 
Sinclaire, Esther of Thomas Sinclaire born, Sunday 

13 January 1760. 
Clark margaret of Arthar Clark born the 12th of 

march 1757 
Clark William Fredrick of Arthar Clark was born 

December the 15th 17^8 

Starleng / James of James Starleng born the 19 of 

Septembr 1765 
Willson Elsebth Saley of Robt Willson born the 30 

of Septmbr 1765 
Morsion / John of Sameall Morsion born the 1 of 

Novembr 1765 

Kirker / Marget of Wille born the 25 fevery 

Elder (Robt Higinbothom) of Tho* Elder Born 

15th January 1766 Babtiz'd By the Revd 

John Elder 
Seales / John of James Seales Born the 9 of march 

Brown (John Meredith) of William Brown Born n 

March 1766 Baptised by the Rev d Thos 

Macaxell / John of James macexell bora the 18 of 

maich 1766 
Bailey / Jarge of Tomeas Bailey born the 26 of 

April 1766 
Logean Jamias of Wilam Logan born the 20 of 

Jun 1766 
Lucinda of William Mussenden born at Bath in 

England . April. 25th 1764 
Arthur Johnston Mussenden of Willm Mussenden . 

born. August, ye 26"' 1765 
Saml of John Gait Smith born 15 May 1766 
Catherine of Hugh Donnoldson 20 1 !' September 

1766 Baptized by the Rev'd James M c: Kay 
Elizth of Henry M c Kedy born 1st October 1766 
Stuirt William of Arter Stuirt 8 of Nofbr 


st Decer 1766 

laire born Tiiursday morning 

67 baptizd by Mr Drenan 23d 
Issabella of Thos Elder Born 4th Febny 1767 Bab- 

tized By the Revd Mr Drenan 
Mary . of John Gait Smith bora 2 May 1767 
William of Hay Bron born the 10 of Juley 1767 
Marget of Thomes Gustes bora the 13 of Septr 

1767 [Gustes = Justice] 

Ann of John oNiell born Septr the 26 1767 
Jean / of James Logen born octr the 8 1767 
Brown / William Brown of Willm Brown Siptember 

the 13—1767 
James of James Starling of the fales bora the 17 
of octber 1767 and Babisted by the Revd 
Mr Drenn 
Hughes Stephson was Bora Jen^y 17th 1768 of 

James Hughes 
Ewrdy of Alexandr Dlap bora the April 2 1768 

Sunday May 15th — 1 76S H'm Dawson of 
Monkstown in the parish of Carmoney, his 
Daughter was . Babtized this Day, by the 
Name of Agnes . & was Born the 9th Inst 


James Miller the son of Isaac Miller in town 

mercht Born ye 3d Day march 1765 
John of John Defsion born Jun the 5 1768 belego- 

mrtion [Defsion = Davison] 
Ann of Henry M c Kedy born 18th May 1768 
Genet of Wileam morlend born the 8 of July 1768 
Cithrine / of Thos Elder Born the 14th July 176S 

— Babtiz'd By the Revd Mr Drenan 
Ross of Thorns Defsion born Agest the 21 1768 
Marget of John M'Kulliern born Agest the 29 1768 
Robt of Thotnes Wilsiom born September the 21 

Arthur / of James Park born the 30th Octor 1768 
Valentine / of John Gait Smith the 26 Sept. 1768 
Thorns of thorns Dorean born Jnrey the 25 1768 
Mearey of Alexander Dlap born May the 6 1769 
Callwall (John) of Robt Callwell born April 7 1757 
Wm Callwell born Sepr 1 : 1758 
Jane Callwell born January n 1763 
Rob' Callwell born May 31 1764 
Nathl Callwell born March n 1766 
James Callwell born Nor 20 1767 
Elizabeth Callwell born May 10 1769 
Frances Callwell June nth — 1772 
John of NeaL white born Septembr the 29 1766 
Marget { of NeaL white born may the 17 1769 
John of Wileam m c Clee born Agest the 3 1769 
Willem of John Dlap born Agest the 28 1769 

marey of James Haml'tion born Sept the 18 1769 
John Gait. / of John Gait Smith born 23 March 

marget of Wileam Dawson born the 6 of may — 

James of Robt Herdman born the 30 of Apriel 

Thomas of Willeam Homeas born the 17 of Jun 

Goish / of James Sarling born the 21 of June 1770 

Andrey of John m c Kuilliem born the 2 of Noumbr 

Elizabeth / of John Gregg born 8th May 1771 
Wileam Gregg of Robt Herdman born the 15 of 

July 1771 
Mary Ann / of Jno Gait Smith born 27 July 1771 — 
mary Jane of Isaac Miller born 23d October 1771 
Jane / of William Irvin born n Sepmr 1771 — 
Agnus (Murlin) born April 7 1772 

John of Defed Bodell born the 12 of April 1772 
Willeam of Willeam Logean born the 17 of may 

Agness of James Cumming born the 26 of may 

John of John Gillion born the 29 of may 1772 
Deneall of Sameall Morsean born the 7 of June 

Marget of John Dlap of the fales born the 1 1 of 

June 1772 
Elizebeth / of Joseph M c Cammon Shoe Maker 

Born the 17th of June 1755 five 
Joseph / of Joseph M c Cammon Dito Born the 

20 of March 1 763 
hannah / of Josh M c Cammon dito Born the 22 of 

December 1765 
Georg / of Joseph M c Cammon dito Born the 22 

of March 1769 
Thamos / of Joseph M c Cammon dito Born the 14 

of June 1772 and Baptised by M' Marshel 

of Baleyclaire 
Sarey of Wileam Stueart boren the 14 of Juley 1772 

and Baptised by the Reud mr Cromey &c 
William / of Robt M c Cleary born 16 July 1772 

Bapticed by the Reverend Mr James 

Thos & Richard Born 8 Jany 1774 
Robt M c Cleary Born 29 Deer 1774 
James of Wileam Loggan born the 2 7 of July 1772 
Mary (of Henry MTvedy) born 5th June 1772 

Seventy two 
William of John Gait Smith born 26 OcU 1772 
Robt of James Hameltion born the 19 of nofr — 

Thomas of James Starlen of the falls born the 
Jean of Huee Bron born January the 24 1773 and 

Bapised by the Reud m r Cromey 
Hue of willeam mertion born febr the 28 1773 
James of Ramsey born april the 12 1773 

Robt of Robrt Bron Born the 22 of may 1773 
Ester of Allaxendr Sharp born the 25 of may 

1773 And Rabistisd by Revd James Cromey 
Ann of Gorge Rogers born the 30 may 1773 
Sebaston of Robt Herdman born the 3 of June 

Nifen of Thomes willesom born the 27 of may 

Cristfor of Thomes willesom boren the 27 of 

Sept 1773 


Nansey of Thoraes parkhiell born the 8 of octber 

James pattrck Withrespon of James Withrespon 

boren the 14 of octber 1773 and baptised 

by the Revd m' mckie 
Jane Hathron of Evvardr Stuert boren the 27 of 

march 1774 
marey of Defed Bodell boren the 29 of march 

Elenor of Henry M'Kedy, born 28 March 1774 
Margaret, of Jno Gait Smith born 2 June 1774 
Egnas of Wiml Teate born 22 June 1774 
David of James Park born 27th June 1774 
Jane, of Hercules Heyland born 4th Sep r — 1774 

— Baptized by Mr Crombie — 
Jennet, of John Holmes Junr born — 9th Oct r 

Richcart of John Dinin born the 26 of march 1775 
James, of James Crombie born 19th March 1775, 

baptized 26th f said Month by the Revd 

James Mackay — 
Mary of George Young Born May ye 15th Baptized 

Said Day By the Revd Mr James Crombie 
David of David Tomson Born — Sepr 22nd 1774 

Baptized by the Revd J a s Crombie 
Ivan (?) of James Kirk born the 24 of may 1775 

and bapidzid by the evd mr James mackey 
Mary of Robert Herdman Born 5 Septmber 1774 

baptized by the Revd Jam? Crombie 
Jane of Allexander Sharp born the 25 of July 1775 

and bapissed by the Revd James Crombie 
Mary of Allexander Rentoul Born the 24 of Aprile 

1775 — and Baptised Augst 16 1775 by — 

the Revd Mr. James AberCrombie 
Elisbeth of Defed Bodell born the 24 of Agust 1775 
Elizabeth, of John Holmes Junr born, Wednsday 

nth Ocu 1775 & Baptized The 13th of same 

Month by Revd James Crombie — 
Lyle (Thomas) of Musenden Lyle born 15th August 

1775 and baptized next day by Revd J a s 

Cochran (John) of John Cochran born Friday 22 

day of May 1772 and baptizd Monday 

following by the Revd Win Nevin Down- 

patrick (Joanna) of John Cochran born 

Mond Septr 27th 1773 and baptizd by the 

Revd James Crombie 
Wileam of Robt Broen boren De'mber the 6 1775 
James of John Shenkes born Nofmb r the 9 1774 

Gilbert of John Shenkes born Jnunrey 29 1776 
James of Alex'' Dlaep born nofmber 20 1773 
Jane of Alexandr Dlap born fabrey the 13 1776 
John of John Defsion born fabrey 15 1776 
Isabela m'Cleary Daughter of Robt M'Cleary Born 

8 Deer 1775 Baptised by the Revd Mr 

Joseph of James Crombie born the 1st of March 

1776, baptized by the Revd James Mackay — 
John of Will: Rainey born the 14th March 1776 

was Baptised by the Revd J : Crumbie 
Henry Johnston, of Henry M c Kedy born 31st 

March 1776 Baptized by the Revd J a s 

Marget of James Roney born Apriel the 20 1766 

And Baptized by the Revd J a b Crombot 
Alexander of John Clide born Juley the 24 1776 

Alexander Faulkonder of Belfast 
Robert Faulkonder born June— 11— 175S 
Elisabeth Faulkonder born July 10 — 1760 
Serah Faulkonder born May 24 — 1764 

Esibalah Faulkonder born September 21 — 1766 
Alexander Faulkonder born December n — 1769 
Rogers Faulkonder born August— 23 — 1775 
John of James Starlen born June the 2 and 

baptized by the Red mr mackay 1 776 
Ewedeard of Eward Stuart born Jun the 4 1776 
Burden (Mary Ann) of John Burden was born in 

Lisburn the 30th of Novemi 1775 and 

baptized the Sunday following by the Revd 

George Kennedy Minister in that Parish. 
Lyle (Mussenden) of Mussenden Lyle was born the 

iSthJamy 1777 & Baptized the next day 

by the Rev 1 ? James Crumbie 
William M c Cleary of Robt M'Cleary Baker Born 

16 July 1772 
Thos and Richard Born 8 January — 1774 
Robt M c Cleary Born 29 Deer _ 1774 
Isabela M'Cleary Born 8 Deer — 1775 
Robt M'Cleary Born 5 febry — 1777 

All Baptised By the Revd Mr Jas Crumbie 
James, of John Holmes Junr _ Born Sunday 9th 

febry j 777 & Baptized the 13th of Same 

Month, by The Revd J a s Crombie 
W m Simson, of Jas Crombie — born Sunday the 

i6ih of feb.ry 1777 and baptized the 23d of 

same month by the Rv-d Ja^ Mackay 
Andrew of Efream M'Doeall born April the 7— 

1777 Baptised by the Revd Jams Cromibe 


Ketren of Willeam Hanley born Genry the 3 177S 

and Baptised by the Revd Mr James 

Lyle (Thomas) of Thomas Lyle born on friday 

23rd Janr 1778 & baptised the 25th f said 

month by the Rev d Jas Crombie 
Nansey of Edvvartt petecru born the 13 of febrey 

1 7 78— baptised by the Revd J a s Crombie 
Jean of John Diemen borerf Febrey the iS 177S 

and Baptised by the Revd mr m c kiee 
Sarey of John m c Gineas born march the 25 1778 

and Bapised by the Revd m r m c kiee 
James of Joseph m c Krea born April the 9 1776 
John of Joseph m c krea born April the 1 1778 and 

bapised by the Revd mr Crombie 
Elibes of John Defson born Apil the 3 1778 — 
Isabella Maria of John Brown born the 1st of April 

& baptised the 15th of the same Month 

1778 by the Rev d Mr James Crombie 
Briget of James Roney boren May 20 1778 a 

baptised by the Revd m r Leard 177S 
Henry — of John Holmes Juni born Wednesday 

the 3d of June 1778 & Baptized the 71J1 of 

Same Month — by Revd James Crombie 
Catharine Hellen— of the same — Born 4 July & 

Babtized by Mr Crombie the Aug' 
Hugh of James Crombie born the 9th of September 

1778 baptised by the Revd James Mackay 
Henry Johnston of Henry M'Kedy born 31st 

March 1776 Baptized by Revd James 

Kathne of Henry M c Kedy born 26 March 1778 

Baptized by Revd James Crombie 
Charlott. of Jno Gait Smith born the 16 Novr 1778 

Baptized by the Revd Mr James Crombie 
Eweard Bron born the of the 15 1779 
Alexnder of John Klied born Agest the 2 1777 
John of John Klied born march the 22 1779 and 

bapised by Revd m r James Crmbie 
Mearey of John m c Gineas born octber the 6 1779 

and bapised by Rev d James Crmbie 
Wileam of John Watt born octber the 21 1779 and 

bapised Revd James Crombie 
Robert of Alexandr Dleap born febrey the 6 17S0 
Wileam of Alexander Dleap born Decmbr 9 17S2 
James Mecrory of wileam hanley Was babtised 1 2 

of Martch— 17S0 
Robrt of John Dinean born octber the 19 1780 
Elisebth of Vileam hanley born April the 11 1782 

wiliam of John wilson was Born the 17 September 

Sarey of Dafed Bodeal born July the 1— 1783 
Martha Daughter of W» Rainey was Born July 

19th ,778 Eight Baptised by the Revd 

J. Crombie 
Wm Henry Son of Wm Rainey was Born Ap! 2 2:d 

1780 Eighty Baptised by the Rev 1 ! J: 

marthey of James Roney born July the 8 1780 and 

bapttised by the Red m c Leard 
Thomes of Dafed Bodell bern July the 24 1780 
Edw d Jones of Jn Gait Smith born the the (sic) 15th 

Augst 1780 Baptized by the Revd J Crombie 
Mary Elizabeth Crombie of Jas Crombie born 26 

May 1781. Bapt. by Mr Beattie 
James / of David Dunn, born Thursday — 1 i!!l July 

1782 — and Baptized the Thursday following 

by the Revl James Crombie 
Robert . of John Gait Smith born 20 Novr 1782 
David of David Logon Born the 2 of January 1783 
Hugh of James Rony Born the 2 of Janur 1783 
Maria / of James Holmes, born 17 June 1783 and 

baptizd the Monday following by the Revd 

James Crombie. 
James / of W m Magee, born 16th September, 1783 

— and baptized the 25th of the same, by the 

Revd James Crombie 
Sarey of John Dinean born octber the 21 17S3 
Uiliam of Richard Getggood Born December the 

5 1 7 S3 and Baptised By the Revd James 

Marget of wiliam Logan Born December the 8 17 S3 
Margarett /'of David Dunn born Sunday the 4th. 

January 1784 and baptized the Sunday fol- 
lowing by the Rev'! James Crombie 
Isbell of Huie Cples born the 9 of f bry 17S4 
John of Alexander Sharp bor'n march the 12 17S4 
Charles / of Alexr Sutherland . born Saturday the 

24 1 ! 1 of Apl 1784. and Baptized the Wednes- 
day following by the Revd J a s Crombie 
William / of W™ Magee born the 2d September in 

ye year 17S4 and Baptized the 9 th of said 

Month, by the Revd James Crombie 
Elizabeth / of Henry Bamber Born Saturday the 

28th of Aug' 1784 and Baptized the 29th by 

the Revd James Crumbie 
David of Wiliam Logon Born Janury the 7 1786 

and Baptized by the Revd James Crumby 



Elizabeth — of Thos Brown, bom the 27th July 

Sally, of the same — born the 27th October 1783. 
John, of the same, born the ioih October 1784. all 

baptized by the Rev' 1 M> Crombie 
James of John wilson Born the 14 of May and 

Baptised by the Revd Jams Crumby 1785 
James of wiliam stewrt Born the 29 of May and 

Baptised by the Revd James Crumby 1785 
Elizabeth / of William Sinclaire born 17th June 

1785 & baptized by the Revd J a s Crombie 
Elonar of James Rony, Born Agust the 30 1785 

and Baptsed by the Revd James Crunbe 
Calherina of Thomas Savage born the iS'h May 

17S5 & Baptized by the Revd James 

Elizabeth / of W» Magee, born 13th October, 1785 

— baptized Thursday, 27th October by the 

Revd James Crombie 
Margret of hugh sailes bora the 16 of Decmbr and 

Baptized by the Revd Mr James Bryson 

Thomas of Richard Getgood was Born the 7 of 

March 17S6 and Baptized By the Revd Dr 

Aun — of David Dunn born the fourth of April 17S6 

— and Baptized , the 8ih following — by 

Revd James Crombie 
John of John Dunn Born the iS of July and Bap- 

tisd by the Revd M> James Bryson 
Isabella of Thos Brown born the 14* July 17 86 

and baptized the 31st of the same Month by 

the Rev-:! Mr Bryson — 
Catherine — of Wm Magee, born the 18th May 1787 

— baptized the 271I1 of the same — by the 

Revd j a s Crombie 
Eliza (of R Wallace) born 14th Deer 17S7— bap- 

tiz'd 1st JanI '88 — by the Revd. James 

Elanor Ann / of W" 1 Mylrea Born the 3d of Janyary 

17SS And Babtised the 7th of same month 

By the Revrd Jas Crombie 
Elizebeth Agnes Daughter of Richard Getgood was 

Bom Aug the 31 of 17S7 and Baptized By 

the Revd Dr Crombie 

Ellanah (?) of Alex Delap bom the 15 of Janury 

1778 and Bapt by the Revd James Crumby 
Jane of Thos Brown born the 2d January 1788 and 

baptized the 13th of same Month by the 

Revd Doctor Crombie — 
James of Jams Rony Born the 14 of April 17SS and 

baptised by the Revd James Cromby 
Richard M c Clur / son of Richard Getgood was 

Bom November the 18 178S and Baptized 

By the Revd James Bryson 
Margaret, of James Carson Born Friday 6'|> June 

1788 and Baptized the 15th following, By 

the Revd James Crombie 
Samuel of Hugh Saill Born the 12 of Septmb and 

baptised by the Revd James Cromby 
Jane — of Wm Magee, born Sunday 15th March 

17S9 — babtized the 22 d of the same by 

Doctor Crombie 
William — of Thos Brown born on Thursday the 

30th April 1789— baptized the 17. 11 May 

following by Doctor Crombie 
Thomas Dinnem Born n of July 17S9 
Ann of William Gordon Born march the 23d 1790 

and baptised April the 7 by the Revd James 

Frances— Daughter to Thos Brown born On Mon- 
day 24th May 1790. baptized the 13'h June 

following by the Revd Dr Bruce — 
Elizebeth Agnas Daughter of Richd Getgood Born 

the 11 of June 1790 and Baptized the 4 of 

July By the Revd Doctor Bruce 

[This exhausts the earlier portion of the existing 
Baptismal Register. From 6th May, 1790, the 
Register of Baptisms has been duly kept by the 
Ministers. The irregularities and imperfections of 
the record printed above are apparent on the face 
of it. Its incompleteness may be estimated by the 
following circumstance. Between 6th May and 4th 
July, 1790, only two entries of baptisms by Dr. 
Bruce are recorded in the Register as kept by the 
sexton. But during this period Dr. Bruce baptised 
eleven infants, as shown by his own methodical 
entries, which begin on the leaf immediately fol- 
lowing the last entry given above.] 


iP- ^^(w^^^i ; ^^^"n 



[This book was begun iotb June, 17 12, but the 
page containing the first entries is lost. It 
contains 171 pages of Funeral Entries (the last 
being dated 19th October, 1736), and 58 pages 
of accounts connected with them. The entries 
to 29th July, 171S, are in the clerkly hand of 
Thomas Svvendill, sexton of the First Congrega- 
tion, to whose widow eight shillings was paid for 
the book, on 20th Oct., 17 18. Swendill was 
succeeded as sexton by David Ferguson (till 5th 
Feb., 1720), and Ferguson by Samuel Pentland 
(or, as he writes his name, Samull Pentelan). 

July : 

Caried over 

Bealy Adam's his Wife's ffunnerall 

Best' Mar Cloath 

to 1 Clocke - - 

The entries do not give the dates of deaths, but 
of burials, with an account of the mort cloths (or 
palls) and cloaks used at the funeral. These 
funeral trappings were originally the property 
of the First Congregation, and afterwards the 
joint property of the First and Second Congre- 
gations, and were lent on hire. The entries 
show that they were often let out for funerals in 
connection with other congregations, sometimes 
at considerable distances from Belfast. The 
following is an exact copy of the earliest extant 
page, omitting only some later scribblings.] 

£ s d ye Day and Month when paid. £ s d 
9.12 . 6 

paid : July 21. 219.'* 

16. . mr William White Ship=Carpinter his \ \ 

ffunerall > ... 7 . 6 ( •, T 

. pr Salt Jno Park-Best Mar Cloath -j f pa.d : Janry : .0. 22.. 1.4... 

. to 11 Clockes at is: 6d: pr Clocke - ...16. 6 J 

. mr Jas Reed poathicarrey his Childes ) 

ffunnerall K ... 1.6 paid: July: 22. 219. ... 1.6 

. to 1. Clocke -j 

21. . Thos Tavler plantation his ffunnerall ) , -, . , 

. Cloath Mar' Cloath J •• ■» • 6 paid : Agust : 4. ^9 -2.6 

26. . mr Jas ffarrly Dr his ffunnerall p>' mrs | \ 

.BesTSafSloath "- -f - 7 " 6 Urgiven : June ., 3S3 

. to 8 Clockes at is: 6d: pr Clocke - - ...12 ... J 


2 Acct of what is Given out. £ s d ye Day & Month when paid. £ s d 

July 29. . mr John Anderson DocU his ffunnerall ) 6 ] 

. Best Mar Cloath J '" 7 ' paid : Agust : 4. 219. 1.8.6 

. to 14. Clockes at is: 6d: pr Clocke - 


30. . Heugh Agnew Couper his ffunnerall I , ) 

. Best Mar Cloath -------/ •" ' ■ I paid : Agust : 4. 219. 

. to 3. Clockes at is: 6d: pr Clocke - ...4.6) 

31. . mr William Rodger Marchnt his) - 6) 

. Mothers ffunneral— Best Mar Cloath J ••■ / • I paid : Agust : 9. 219. 

to 15 Clockes at is: 6d : pr Clocke 

mr Goudy Minister Belli waiter his 

Son's ffunnerall pr mr John Cloug'ston J> ... 5 ... paid: May. 6. 

Childers Mar Cloath' 

The prices were subsequently reduced, as appears from the subjoined entry of 5th December, 17 16. 
1 7 16 

Xby 5. Memorandom this Day Both Session Meet Together & haue Concluded that ye pricess of y e 
Clockes & May Cloathes be as ffolloweth— viz. 

Best Mar Cloath in Town 5 in ye Cuntrey 10 

Second Mar Cloath in Town 3 in Ditto 6 

Cloath Mar Cloath in Town 2 in Ditto 4 

Childers. Mar Cloath in Town 2 in Ditto 4 

Childes Mar Cloath in Town 2 in Ditto 4 

pr Clocke in in Town 1 in Ditto 2 

The lost page 1 contained eight entries, relating to the families of Samuel Smith, senr. (10th June, 
1712), Carrouth (12th June), Rev. James Ivirkpatrick (12th June), James Smith, senr. (iSth June), John 
Shadges (19th June), Colinwood (28th June), John Reed, of the Plantation (7th July), and Orre (gth 

In the following extracts (taken from page 3 onwards) the name, where no italic letter precedes, is 
that of the person buried. The italic letter shows what member of the family was buried, whether 
described as father, mother, brother, husband, wife, son, daughter, child, or grandchild (c.s is male child, 
c.d female child, si sister) of the person named. A comma has been inserted between the name and trade 
or place of abode. 


Agust. 3 w James Clark, Laberour 

11 c mr John Shadgs, Marchnt 

21 w John jordgan, Northstreet 

Sep! 1 w mr Robert Agnew, Mariner 

4 c.d mr Heugh Dayet 
6 mrs Ann Buttle, pr Mr George 

9 c mr Androw Agnew, Couper 

Sept 10 David Bucher, Barber 

1 3 mr ogilbe, Minister in Learn, ] 

John m cc Mun, Marchnt 

14 c William m cc Cree, Shew=Makt.r 
2 r c Isaac Monipenny, Beaker 

c William Liget, Weaver 

22 b mr John young, juner 

29 c mr Hennery Duncan 

;fcr to the page in the statement ol accounts later 


Octy ii c Allexdy David'son 

12 c rar Jas Stirling, Malstey 

29 / mr Robert Boyde 

Nov: 4 George Dunlap, Beaker, Seney 

5 my Tho s orr, Minister i n Cumber, 

py mr Gilbert Moor, Marchnt 

8 c mr John Kennidy, Cultra 

9 h Widow Mathiss 

13 w Archbald m cc Mulin 

22 h Widow Spear 

30 Docty peacock, pr mr Sam: Smith, 

Xby 15 w mr Jas Smith, Sener 

28 c mr John Armstrong, Marchnt 

29 mrs. Eleney Hoge, Near Banger, py 

my Hennery Duncan 
c.d mr William Dinn, Marchent 

d mr Robert Millikin, Marchnt 
h Widow m c Tlroy 
James Donnalson 
S h Widow Alexdy 

11 Edward Nowals, pr mr Sam: Smith, 


12 m mr Ross, at ye Loge 

16 h Widow Kearnss 

17 Widow Blear 

s Mr John young, Sener 

19 Elez: Harbison, prmr Sam: m c 5Clinto 

20 James Realy, Carpinter 

23 mr John Ross, Marchnt 

27 / Heugh Glenhomes 

28 w John Torbourn, Tabacco: 

29 .r James Hamilton, in Church-Lean 
ffebery. 7 ?a mr John Smith, Potter 

16 w mr William Willey 

c mr patterick Kennity 

17 m>; Heugh Boyde, Marchnt, pr my 

Sam: Smith, Sener 

24 w Tho s Clemanss, Carpinter 
March 3 w James Homes, Barber 

7 d Widow Carther 

10 mr Heugh White, Banger, pr mr Jas 

m"Cle\var, Marchnt 
w John m c . c Gouan, juner, Milstreet 

13 mrs. White, pr m' Androw Hutche- 


14 mr John Begly, at Antrim, pr Jas 

Brown, Sadler 


i7i 2 /3 

Janry: 3 








Doctr Correy, pr Docf; fforguson 
mrs. Cambeage, pr mrs. Peacock 

c Richard Whitesid, hatter, Northstreet 
Gilbert Marrow, Car=Man, pr mr 

William Rainey, juner 
John Parkhill, pr my John Arm- 
Capt Richardson, Near Armaugh, 

pr mr Jn9 Chambers 
Widow Marrow, pr Gaven Marrow 
c.d mr Heugh Dayet 
3 John Chambers, pr Son James 

8 John parker, pr Son John 

Adam Johnston, Milstreet, pr Son 

Capt Stevenson, pr my Isaac m cl Cart- 

13 c my Heugh Sharp, Marchnt 
/ James Tood, Carr=Man 

26 mrs. Saffage, in New-Toun, pr mr 

Jn° Shadges 

27 Margeratt Rodger 

3 my William Johnston, py my Thos 

8 Lefy William Manson, Near Mahera- 

lin, py my Jno Chambers, Marchnt 

14 my Androw Maxwell, Marchnt, pr 

Son William 

20 c my John Smith, Marchnt 

21 m Archbald Hunter 

24 m James Tood, Car=man 

c Androw Johnston, Northstreet 
27 c mr Hennery Duncan, Docty 
29 c George Prat, Coupey 
6 w Colonneill Mountgomery, py my 
Sam: Smith, Seney 

10 d my John Black, Marchny 
1 2 h Widow Skeets 

23 h Widow Lashley [Lcslu] 

4 c.d Robert Calindey, shew-Makey 

11 my Edmond Staford, py my Sam: 

Smith, Seney 

2 s my Heugh Dayet 

3 c my Robert Wilson, Marchnt 

6 Hakens m cc Gill, Esquy — Gill-hall, 

py my Sam: Smith, Seney 

7 James Staford, Long-Cassey [cause- 

way], py Malkam m c . c Bride 




Bealy Addam's, pr m' John Bell, 

mrs. Maxwell, at the Drum, pr mr 




mr ffran: Boyde, Marchnt 
mr Robert Hamilton, at Curdonall, 
pr son Alexdr 

William Rainey, junef 




mr James Smith, Sener 


John Cotter, a t the-pound, pr mr 
Michell Greg'ston 



mr William Sinkler, Milstreet 
Capt James Daben, at Dinnean, pr 




mr Alexdr Hanna at Antrim, pr mr 

William Hanna 
John Brown, Tayler, pr mr William 
Mitchell, Marchent 



mr John Black, Marchnt 
Widow Hogge, p>' Thos Arthur, 

John Johnston, Tayler 



mr John Moor, pr mr John Boyde 



mr James Adair, Mariner 


George fflemin, pr Alexdr henderson 


mr Alexdr Adair, Marchnt 

1 2 (sic 

The Scots Leard, pr David Potter 




mr John Armstrong, Marchnt 

26 u 

mr Heugh Dayet 



mrs. m c . c Minn, Wido w 



William Neilson, pr Brother Thos 
mrs. Addair, at Loughan-More, py 


John Pamer, Milstreet, pr mr J no 
Heasilton, glover 

mr Sam: Smith, Sener 



Widow Speaven 


John m cc ffarling, pr Thos Neilson 



mr Robert Lennex, Marchnt 


Margerat Laughling, pr Jas fFrizell 



mr William Sharper, Long=Cassey 


mr ffatt's, at Belliclear, pr mr Brice 
Blear, Marchnt 



Adam Tonnough, pr mr John 
m cc Munn 

i 7 13/4 

r 3 

Thos Tobey, Tidweater \tidewaiter\, 



mrs Boyde, pr mr ffran Boyde, 

Madam Upton, pr mr Sam: Smith, 


pr John Thomson, juner 
mr William Hennery, pr mr Robert 
Millikin, Marchnt 




mr Edward Wilson 

'3 * 

mrs. m c . c Minn, pr mr William Craford 

mr John fforguson, poathicarrey 

15 ' 

mr James m"Clewer, Marchnt 

mr Johnston, pr Doctr fforguson 


Robert Malkcam, pr mr Robert 


George Johnston 

Millikin, Marchnt 



mr Robert Millikin, Marchnt 


mr William Martine, pr Daughtey 

mr Sam: Smith, juner 


mrs. Jean Stevenson, pr mr William 

Stevenson, Marchnt 
Widow Bear, pr Androw Logan, 


mr Androw Hutcheson, pr Wife 


23 rf 

mr Alexdr Teate, at Cordonall, p>; 
mr Gilbert Moor 



Widow Dounalson 

Widow Beggs, pr David Sleater, 


Cornall John Hamilton, at Laugh- 


navernass, pr mr Brice Blear, 




my James Adair, Mariner 




George Lashley [Leslie] 


'■ 19 

mr Thos Stewart, at Bellimarrin, pr 
mr Sam: Smith, Sener 



Edward Riden, Putter 

Joseph White, pr mr John homes 


mr Thos Winter pr John m c . c Cam- 




Alexdr Hamilton, at Cordonnall 
mr Patterick Isaac, at Beliwalter, 


William Murfey, Long=Cassey [cause- 

pr mr Hennery Duncan 

7uny\, pr Wife 




mr James Adair, Mariner 



mr Cloud'sley, pr mr Joseph Dabson 


mr David m cc Knight, Marchnt 

7 » 

Margerat Miller 


mr William Shaw, at the Bush, pr 


Lord Mussrain [Massarcnc], at An- 

mr John Mountgomery, Marchnt 

trim, pr mr Sam: Smith, Sener 



mr William Stevenson, Tabacco: 





mr Michell Menkin 




The Doctr of the Armey 




William m cc Cree, Shew=Maker 


m\ Androvv Mountgomery, glease r . 


William Sharpley, Tanner 

pr Wife 



Tho'; Eagillson, Weaver, i n Cow 



Widow Nesmith,pr order of Sessions 


this Day Meet [T/te day was 



Widow Richardson, pr Both Sessions 


—this Day meet \The day was 


Marrey Gram, pr ra[ John young 


Thos Wilson, pr Doctr fforguson 


1 9 


mr Thos Lyle, Marchnt 
mrs. Margerat Euless, pr mr John 
Blacke, Marchnt 



David fforguson, Sexton 
Widow Gilmor, Plantation, pr 


mr John Smith, Marchnt 



mr James m cc Gee,beyond Holiwood, 



John m cc ffarling 

pr Son Robert 


mr Benj: Leggit, Near Carickforguss 
pr mr Robert Craig 


John Stewart, Dunmory, pr mr 
William Smith, Marchnt 



nn; Thos Henderson, Tabacco: pr 
nu John Tayler 



Androw m cc Laughling 

m>; Robert millikin, Marchnt 


David South, pr John All, Loder 


mr James Adair, Marriner 



Archbald Hounter, Smith 


Doctr ot The Armey 



mr John Bell, Tabacco: pr mr Jn? 


mr Heugh Linn 

Smith, Tanner, & mr Hennery 



Daniell fforguson, Mariner 



Widow Sinkler, pr mr David young, 


mr John Tayler, Tabacco: 



Widow Loudan, Couper, pr Son 
Thos Loudan 




Marrey Lum, pr Robert Glover 
mr John Shaw, pr mr Hennery 



mr ffran: Stewart, Mariner 




mr Jas Robison, Marchnt 


James Bucher, Mariner, pi Robert 


Marrey flbrman, pr DocU fTorguson 

Thomson, Ship=Carpinter 

[T/iis 7oas a child.] 




Thos Sturgan, Glover 



James Tho'mson,pr John Heasilton, 


mr Thos Poringer, pr mr Patterick 


mr James m cc Cappen, Ministy, Belli- 


mrs Margerat Dayet, pr mr John 
Chambers [This was a child.] 



Robert Gib, pr mr Robert Agnew 



The Doctr of the Armey 

mr John Ewing, pr mr ffran: 



mr John Elsmor, ColecU 




mr Alexdr Stewart, Mariner 



John Logan, Coupe 1 ;, junc 

mr John Gaat, Marriner, Belli- 



Michall Tayler, in Millone 

cloughan, pr m>; Robert Androw 


Alexdr Teat, at Curdonall, pr mr 
James m cc Clewer, Marchnt 

Hennery Carr.-, Cave=hill, pr brother 


mr Alexdr Stewart, Marchnt, pr Wife 




mr James Whitelock, Bucher 


mr James Hamilton, at Cumber pr 
mr J n o Shadges 



Robert Calindey, Shew=Maker 
mr Heugh pringell, Marchnt 


mr David Buttle, pr Son George & 
ni' William Cuningham 


Madam Duntreath, pr mr William 
Smith, Marchant 



Robert Hay, Schooll Master 


Alexdr King, pr Moses Carr 



mr Heugh Linn 

2 S 


Arthur m cc Kann, pr Son: Sam: 


William Sharpley, Tanner 



William Simm, Carpinte r 



15 c 

Cornall Hamilton, [per] xa\ James 
m cc Clewer 



mr John Stewart, at Bleariss, pr mr 
Sam: Smith, sener 

Capt Sam: Mountgomery, at Springs 


mr patterick Hamilton, Craig=boy. 

Vaill, pr mr Jno young, Sener 

pr mrs. Coug'ston 

c s 

Madam Hamilton, pr mr Jaf 
Hamilton, Marchnt 


mrs. Jean Shean, Near=Gleneafey, 
pr nv Jas Blow 



mr Patterick Shaw, p r m; William 


Smith, Marchnt 


27 d 

Archbald Craig 


mr Thrjs Stewart, Ballidrean, p r mr 

John Williamson, pr Brother Jas 

George m cc Cartiney 


Heugh Liggit, Weaver, pr Wife 


mr Hance ffearly, Near Tonnough- 
neif [i.e. Sainlfidd\ p r mr Jas 



Thos All, Carr.Man, pr Brother 

m cc Clewer 


Widow Maxwell, Huxter, pr 


mrs. Lamb, pr John Porter 

Daughter Margerat 


II c 

Patterick fforguson, Mariner 

7 c 

mr John Smith, Potter 


Thos Eagilson, Weaver 

8 c 

Katherin Scot, Broad street, pr 

24 w 

mr John mf Knight, juner 

David fforguson, Sexton 

26 c 

William Sharpley, Tanner 

1 1 w 

Robert Maxwell, at ye Keey 

27 ca 

mr Michall Wood's, at ye Keey 

1 3 

James Nickels, BarlysBumper, pr 


mr William Dinn, Marchnt, pr mr 

David fforguson, Sexton 

Thos Bell 


Widow Mean, plantation, pr Jno 



mr David young, pr mr John young 

Mean, Couper 


mr James Gambell, pr Thos Warnock 


mrs. Orre, pr mr Geo: m"Cartiney, 


Mr ffreeland, Minister, pr mr uchired 


m c . c Dooll 


John Loggan, Couper, sener, pr 

Thos Scott, pr mrs Ann Martine, at 

Robert peagin 

ye Keey 


William Walker, Barber, pr mr 

I I c 

mr John young, juner 

James Blow 


Thos Morton, pr mrs Morton, at 
Dunmorey [This was a child.'] 


Margerat Eldrage, pr Thos Heaslap, 


I c 

mr Patterick Kennidy, Marchnt 

25 c 

mr John Johnston, Tayler 


John Jorgan, Northstreet, pr David 
fforguson, Sexton 


Joan Ballintine, pr Archbald 
James William Garrick 


old James Tayler, in Broad Street, 
Mariner, pr mr Robert Agnew 



m r _ George m" Knight, pr Jno 
m"Knight, Sener 


2 7<:> James Adair, Shew=maker> pr Jno 

27 s 

Brice Tayler, horse=jokey 

m c . c Connall 


7 c 

mr Hennery Duncan, Docf; 

10 erf John Mean, Marines p r David 


John Stote, pr Son William, ye 

fforguson, Sexton 



Marrey Harbison, pr mr John 
m cc Bride 


John Johnston, Barber, at the Keey, 
pr mr Tho s . Martine 


Salt John park, pr James parke, 

22 cs mr Isaac m^Cartiney 



mrs. Gamble, Pettersshill, pr Thos 



James Adair, Shew.-Maker, pr John 


m c . c Connall 

24 7c 

mr John Mearss, Minister in New* 


Squr Dabb, pr mf Sam: Smith, 

town, p r John Thomson in Ditto 
[/.ft Neivtownards.] 

15 ' 

mr patterick ftbrguson, ye Cornour 


mrs. Kitchen, in Skiginearll, pr m' 
Robert Wilson 




Widow Stote, p>; Son William, ye 



Morion Strong, pr John fflemin, 



mrs. Joan Hill'ss, pr Joseph Bigers 

1 1 m 

mr Haking,pr mr Sam: Smith, Sener 



James ffife, Chanle r i pr Jas Jackson 


William ffrishell, pr William Blackly 

27 c 

Widow Adair, pr mr Jas Adair 


Capt Gallant at Gillgorme, pr m r 

28 c 

mr patterick Kennidy, Marchnt 

William Smith, Marchnt 


Mr Heugh Moor, at Carrickforgus, 

14 c 

"William Dunn, King's=Arm'ss 

pr mr Robert Millikin 


Margerat Leass, in Cow=Lean, pr 

17 16/7 

Widow m cc Kinney, at ye Keey 



Major Daben Dinnean, pr mr 


S s 

Duncan Lamon, pr Jannet Rain 

Gilbert Moor, Marchnt 

IO c. 

John Thomson, Mariner, Milstreet 


John Hamilton, p 1 ' Son Jas 


James Williamson, pr Jn<? Mount- 
gomery, Marchnt 


mr William Dinn, King's Arm'ss, 
pr Wife 

John m"fferran, pr Wife 



James Stirling, Malster pr mr 

14 <r 

Androw Love 

Alexd'; Moor 

James Wattson, pr Son James 


mr John Craig, pr Brother Robert 

15 c 

David Potter 

14 c 

mr Robert Lennex, Marchnt 


John Vent, Sleater, pr JnoNoulty 

Lord Mount=Alexdr, at Cumber 


mr Heugh Walliss, in Beliobikin, 

20 c 

John young, juner 

pr mr John young, sener 


4 c 

John porter. Coupe r 


mr ffran: Shean, Near Gleneafey, 
pr mr Jas Blow 


John Stevenson, Malster, pr mr 
John Greeg 


mrs. Walliss, Widow, in Belliobikin, 

8 c 

mr David m cc Knight 

pr mr Jno young, sener 

10 c 

mr William Smith, Marchnt 


1 c 

Widow Scot, pr John Simson 


mrs. Adair, Widow, pr David 


mrs. Jean Mushit, pr mr Sam: 

fforguson, Sexton 

Smith, sener 

17 c 

William Stot, Coupe 1 . 


mr William Rainey, sener 

27 c 

mr John Smith, Suger 


mr William Craford, pr son David 

mrs. Mountgomery, at Rosment, pr 


Doctr Alexdr, pr m r J a s Blow 

mr Sam: Smith, Sene r 


mr John Boyde, Mariner 

3° cd 

Tho! Swendill 

mr Lason, pr mr John Euless, 


Nichless Thedford 



2 c 

mr Robert Stewart, Mariner 



mr Jas Purvess, pr Androw Loggan, 


mr John Bell, Marchnt. pr Wife 



mr John Brown, Deary [dairy] 


mr ffolk White, pi; mr William Smith, 

II c 

mr Sam: Smith, Tanner 

John Marke, Watte'=Carie r , pr Jean 



mr Thos Lowarss, at Donnougha 


Dee, pr mr Sam: Smith, juner 


mrs. Roan, at Laughmore, pr mr 


mr Sam: Henderson, Tanner, pi 

Sam: Smith, Sener 


23 c 

mr Sam: Smith, juner 



mr James Houd, Minister, Learn, 

24 c 

mr Robert Millikin 

pr mr Jno Mountgomery 

25 t 

William Sharpley, Tanne 1 ' 


Widow porter, pr John porter, 

30 w 

Heugh Blackwood, Carpinte 1 ; 



ffran: Kirkly, Ship=Carpinter 



mr Alexdr Adair, Marchnt, pr mr 


William Sharply, Tanner 

Jas Adair 


9 c 

mr William Woods, at the Mills 


nv; m c ;Mulin, pr mr Hadock, Esqur 





John Martine, at Bearss=Mill, py 
Robert Herron 


30 c 

Wido w Adair, at Canick forgus, pr 
mr James adair 

I 2 CS 

Widow Bell 


2 d 

mrs. Ross, p r order of Session 

19 CS 

my John Johnston, Marchnt 


Katherin Campble, pr Mother 

21 C 

mr patterick fforguson, Cornnouy 

15 TO 

Charless Gordan, Back s ramper 


William ffife 


Mathow Ronan his Mother in Lawes 

22 <: 

David Marrow 



John Johnston, Marchnt 



mrs. Margerat Gattey, at Learn, pr 

24 f 

John Boyde 

mr Robert Androw 

2S * 

mr James Blow 


Robert Whiteside, pr my John 


William Boyde, Barber 


29 c 

Thos Warnock 


mrs. Rachell Boyde, Widow, pr 


I c 

William Reed, Mariner 

Daughter Jean 

2 <T 

Robert Donnalson 

Sam: Henney, penter, pr my Brice 

3 ' 

mr Sam : Smith, juner 

Blear & my Jn« Smith 

4 C 

my William Ringland 

John Robb, Mariner, pr David 


James Guttery, Gabert=Man \lighter- 


fforguson, Sexton 


My William Rodger, py my David 

8 £t 

John Thomson, huxter 


9 ' 

Robert Craig, Marchnt 


my John Rainey, py Wife 

10 c 

mr James Blow 


my Thos Bell, py mrs. Bell, Widow 


Thos Warnock 



David Sharpley, py Son William 


mr patterick aDair, Minister at 

7 cs 

Widow m cc Douall, at the CormMill 


14 s 

mrs. Jones, at Mill.-Loon, py my 

IS c 

mr Isaac m cc Cartiney 

William Legg 

16 c 

John Reed, Mariner 


17 c 

my John Mear'ss, Minister.New=town 



George park, Breasey. py Daughter 


John Malkam, Tabacco 

7 TO 

Heugh Linn 


mr John Armstrong, Marchnt 

9 c 

My Sam : Reed 


2 C 

mr Robert Lennex, Marchnt 


my Jas park, Marchnt, py Son Jas 

8 d 

John Kain, at Carickforgus, pr mr 

21 d 

my Geo: m cc Cartiney 

Jas Adair 

27 c 

ffrancis Boyde 

10 ^ 

mr Brice Blear, Marchnt 


2 m 

my Sam: m cc Kitterick 


mr Thos Bigam, Merchnt 

7 c 

my Isaac m cc Cartiney 


mr patterick fforguson, Cornour 


mys Boyde, py my Sam: Smith, juner 


mr Kennidy, of Cultra 

Alexdy Doliway Esquy, py my Jas 

17 c 

George Pringell 

Adair, Marchnt 


mr John Smith, Tanner 

10 c 

Capt Denty, per mrs. Bealy 

23 d 

David Loggan, Shew^Maker 


Widow ffife, py Robert Jackeson 



John m"Hallam, at the plantation, 

23 w 

John Clark, Marchnt 

pr Thos whiteside 

25 TO 

William Steuard, of Cloghog, py my 

6 TO 

mr John Heasilton, Glover 

Brice Blear 

1 1 

Christifor Strong, pr my J n o ffleming 


John m cc Cammon 

31 e 

William Stote 


William Walliess, at Bely.-misca, py 



Alexdr Smith, pr mr Sam: Smith 

mr Jno Young, Seney 

John m cc Kenndery 


3 c 

my William Mitchell, p r my Gilbert 


Agnouss Smalchey 



Alexdr Speaven, pr Robert hunter 

mr John Tomb, Mahera; 


Androw Loggan, Coupe r 

felt, py my Joseph Innes 




mrs. Dayet, pi; mi; Hugh Dayet 



Mr. walles, in Celenchey \Killinchy\ 

12 U 

John patterson, pr David fforguson 

pr. Hugh Walles, MarChant 

17 C 

Robert Deiyeall [Dalziel], Carpinter 


John Johnston, the Tealear 

24 d 

John m cc Donnall, Glovei;, py m r j n o 


Samull Mafet, of bangull 


J 3 c 

David M c nneight, in petersill 


m\ Stafey petticrew, Minister in 
pi mr Brice Blear, M irchnt [Rev. 


John Lusk, Sealor, Living in varen* 


Stafford Pettigrew, Ballyeaston]. 


Robert Holmes, in Skepers lean 


mrs. heterige, Widow, a t Marherihall, 


wdd Kirkwood, Living on the Kie 

pr my Isaac m cf Cartiney 


Sorgen Finlay, to the Contre [i.e. 

Left Stevenson, at Killyleah, pr mr 

some funeral in the country ordered 

Sam: Smith, Seney> Marchnt 

by Surgeon Finlay] 



William Sharper 


Mr. Muntgomrey, of nutan [A«c= 

11 n 

John Thomson, huxter 

ton nards] 


Widow Hutcheson, pr mrs. 

19 Ci 

Macomb m cc brid, in beleyGomartin 

m"Knight, juner 

21 c 

wdd Anderson, in Millstreat 


Jean Bodan, pr mr William Mitchell 

26 7£ 

William Hosocke 

25 c 

mr Patt: Kennidy, Marchnt 


wdd Singelton, in Millstreat 


mi - John Knox, at pr Son 

2S C 

Mr. James Adaire, MarChant 




the Revd. Mr. ffillop Meares, in 



Michall Bigger, Smith, pr Wife 

nievtand [A r twlowuards] 



John m cc Douall, pr Doctr fforguson, 


Mr. Samuell M c . c ane 

my Jno m cc Bride order 


wdd bell, in broad streat 

9 w 

m r John Brown, Derrey [dairy] 


12 w 

mi; John Chalmbers, Marchnt 


18 11 

Alexander Blear, liveng in norstreat 

iS « 

Mi; Sam: Reed 

19 d 

Marey Sorely 


I 7tf 

mi Sam: m cc Clinto, juner 


Annes Muntgomrie, in Church Leain 

2 <T 

mr John Mathers 



John Marten, in the planteshon 


mi; John young, juner 

9 m 

John Mathies, in the plantteshon 


William Colbart, Bucher 

II c 

Hugh blackwood, Carpenter 


mr Hugh Dayet 

13 ' 

Allexander Carson 


William ffife, Skiper=Lean 

16 s 

old James bigger, the Cotelar 


Jas ucher, Backsramper, pr mr Jas 


I c 

James Munceye, in varen Streat 


2 I 

Majer norie, in poartGonon, pr. 


Mi; John m cc Bride 

Joseph Innes 


Jno m"Knight, juner, pr Wife 


Mr. Boyd, of the Glastry, pr Mar- 


Jas Brown, ye Sadler 

gret neven 

[Here beg 

ns a new hand, apparently that of 

24 d 

Mackom M cc brid, in beleygomerten 





Agnes Miller, in the planteshon, pr 



wdd Loggan, in norstreat 

hir son Alexander 

3 c 

Mr. Daniel Musindin, Marchnt 

28 s 

wdd Cearnes, bookbinder 



wdd Davesonn, in the Loang Lean 

29 c 

Mr. James Cobame, in brid eland 

14 c 

Mr. Donelson, in petersill 

[i.e. child of Rev. James Cobham, 

16 <: 

Mr. Mrsell, the MarChait [Market] 




Mr. Stafford, in portglenon, pr Mr. 

29 d 

William Stevart, in the Loang Casay 

Joseph Innes 


1 s 

Mr. Dallrumple, MarChant 

2 .f 

John m cc bide, in Beleygoemarten 


Mr. John M c . c Callpen, the Taner, 

3 ' 

Mr. Thomas Miller, MarChant 

in Melstreat 

6 w 

Mr. Stnson, in petersill 

15 J 

Macomb M cc brid, in belego Marten 






2 S 

Moses Carr,osler,SamullM'Clentons 


9 c 

William Willey, Caper smith 

29 ca 

Mrs. Macerthney, the w<H 

1 7 aunt Robert Deall 

29 c 

ffranses Stwart, in Skepers Lean 


John boyd, on the kie, pr his wife 

30 c 

James browne, the Sadler 


Mr. Earter [Arthur] Kennedy, of 

30 c 

Hugh blackwood, the Carpenter 

Coltra, pr Alexr Stewart 



Moses Hill 


Mr. John wacker, in poartAferey, pr 

4 70 

Mr. oahtrie M c . c Doule, MarChant 

William Stenson 


Mrs. Leadeland, pr mr. Will Smith, 

21 c 

Mr. Ringland, gold smith 


26 gc 

Thomas Jaslip, Cloaih MarChant 

8 c 

Abel Hodskis, nealor 

27 s 

William Willey, Capersmith 

10 c 

Robert Heayes, SColemaster 



Mr. David Chalmers, MarChant. pr 

16 * 

Mrs. Jones, at Milltoon 

Daniel Musindins 

16 e 

John Mean, in the pantteshon 

7 c 

Robert Garner, prenter 

2 2 7t!' 

Mr. Hendrie Ealles, sufren [Henry 

12 c 

John Shads 


15 * 

Mr. John Greer, in Hoalewood 


Mr. John Sinders, in bangul, pr 

1 5 servant v>d J blear 

James M c , c lure 


Mr. ffranses Ash, in keleaD, pr 

28 C 

Pat fforgeson, at the sin of the son 

James bow 



John Smith, poater, pr his wife 

26 d 

Edward pearse, Corier, pr Daniel 


Mr. Robert Agnew 



Mr. James Muntgomrie, of port 
Aferey, pr John M cc amond 

27 c 

John Suter, Eeal seler, in the Adem 
and Eave 


2 20 

Mr. walles, in Cekkenchey[A7////tfv$)'] 
pr Hugh Wales, MarChant 



John m cc ffarlien, in the planteshon 
Samuel Miller, Elseler, in the Egel 

5 w 

Thomas Qay, in the Church Lean 

and Chill [Eagle and Child] 

6 w 

Alexr. Spear, in the Loang lean 

2 c 

William boyd, Carman, at the pown 

7 ' 

John beles, in norstret, pr Thomas 


Cornl. William Shaw, of the bosh 
[Bush] pr william Smith, MarChant 

9 ' 

Mr. James boayd, in learn [The 

16 c 

yovng Samull Smith 

child appears to have been grown 


John nowland, his mother, the 

up, and living in Church Lane] 

powlster, pr Mr. Andrew 

9 c 

James Moor, in noar streat 



Mr. Coalvien, in Dromor, [i.e. Rev. 

17 r 

Mr. Robert Wolson, in broad streat 

Alexander Colville, the elder] pr 


John Shaw, in peterhill, pr Charels 

James M'lure 

Rameg and Gaien Mora 


Mr. Colena Shaw, of Mahrehoahel, 

30 c 

Mr. Daniel Musindin 

pr Mr. Mature 



Mr. John Greeg, in norstreat 

5 e 

yowng Samuel Smith 

6 w 

Adam Quaey, Telear 


Mr. James Carr, of Learn, pr James 

6 £ 

Mr. of neall [O'Ncil] one the Kie 


T 3 

weado Clark, in Millstreat,pr hir son 

13 ' 

James Snieth, Elde, in nor Streat 


Mr. Kill, in Comber parish 


John Shaw, Esqr., in the bosh, pr 


Mrs. ffeitts, of beleyClear, pr Mr. 

Mr. William Smith 

Wolson, minester [i.e. Rev. Thomas 

23 rc ' 

Daniel ffLher, in the planteshon, pr 

IVilson, of Ballyclare\ 

his Doaghter 

20 <r 

Mr. bankes 

24 c 

Thomas lowdan, Couper, in nor- 


John M'Creath, Carman, in Har.- 
Clus lean 





Mr. ffranses Heslip, in Milstreat, 
Ealseler [ale-seller] 


2 c 

Mrs. Garner, A streanger in town, 
pr Mr. fflimen 





S w Mr. William Jonston, of Celeleah 
[KillyleagK] pr Mr. James M^lure 
7 w Abel Hadskis, the nealer 
18 gc Mr. Tatfor, at the Corner 
23 c Mr. Allexr Chalmors, in peterhill, 

Nai Chant 
25 servant Doct. Mfartnay 
5 w Alexander Hamelton, weaver, in 
Roes Marey lean 
begins a new hand, that of Samuel Pentland.] 



c Gain Hamelton 

John Carr, his Mother in Lawe 
John Loggen, Couper, in Rose 
mearey Lean 
c Andrew Loves, barberr 

Mr. Samull Smith, taner, in norstreat 
c Widd Mathise, in the planteshon 

Madam Poack, in Coltra 
c Mr. Andrew Agnew, MarChant, in 
Church lean 
Gaien Hamelton, Couper, in nor= 
streat, pr Will Stenson, MarChant 
Daniel fforgeson, in in norstreat, 
Mariner, pr his wife 
c Alexander Cilles, Maltmen, liveng 
in Melstreat 
wdd Ross, Scoullmistres, in wdd 
nessmiths Emtrie, pr Mr. Kill- 
patricket [i.e., Riv. James Kirk- 
Andrew Hunter, Cuper, Living in 

the back of the MarCet House 

Saruant of Mr. Wales [Wallace] 

MarChent, in neweary, Died in 

Rowland M^Giles 

gc Thomas Haslipe, weaver, in norstreat 

c Joarg Ashmor, Glover, in Milstreat 

Docter Weare, in Antriam, pr 

Joseph Innes 
ojeam Campel, pr his son John 

Mrs. ffeearfield, liveng in the County 
of Down and pariesh of Cell 
meagen, pr William Walles, Mars 
c Anntoney Thubrow, Sealowr, in the 

Apr 30 c David Kennedy, MarChent, in broad 

May 2 wdd Knowles, pr Hir Doghter 

4 w Mr. Jonston, in Reedamon, pr Mr. 

Arbockels, Mai Chent 

4 c Andrew Love, barber 

7 wdd Holmes, in scepers lean, pr 

James Muncey, yonger 

8 John M c . c rire, tealowr, in roes Mearey 


8 c Mr. William Stenson, MarChant 

9 wdd Adaire, in Caregforges, whose 

boriel was in holewood, pr James 
Adaire, MarChent 

11 Mr. Ritchard Ashmore, pr his wife 

12 A jurneymanes of Mr. William 

Ringland, one the Kie 

1 9 Mr. Hugh Muntgomry, in the Cnoak 

paries, to his wife 

20 James Gutrie, Gabert man [lighter- 

man] Living in the planteashon 

2 1 wdd watt, in Jolewood porish, pr hir 

son James wat, MarChent 
21 c William walles, tealowr, in mr. 
Arbockels Entrie 
Jun 1 Mrs. Campel, in Antrom, pr Robert 

Creag, MaiCnent, in norstreat 
3 John Drennan, Ropp macker, pr 
Samuel M"Kitrocket 

5 ra Andrew ffiev, in the Long Casae 

6 c Thom warnocke, in peters hill 

7 James Rudeman, in the norstreat 

1 2 James pinkerton, in the loang lean 

13 Thomas Gibson, Glower, in Mel- 

18 Rowland MfGill, osier, in Mr. 

iS WdJ whitt, on the Kie, pr franses 

July 1 Wdd Gregg, in HarColes lean, pr Mr. 

Andrew Agnew, in Church lean 
1 Mr. M c . c Culoah, in ronels, Esqr., pr 

Mr. Brise blear 
12 Mr. Blackwood, in bangwol, pr 

David park, Mai Chent 
18 c James Waikes, leabrower, in the 

long lean 
20 A sister in Law of James Whotels, 

in warens stret 




Mr. Samull M c . c Clinton, at the sin of 



Mrs. balentine, in Millstreat 

the Crown, pr his son Samull 



David Kennedy, MarChent, in broad 


s treat 

20 W 

patr Crow, in peterhill 



Allexr. Henderson, Gleasowr, in 


Mrs. Catraien balief, in the new 
holdings, pr Mr. James Martien, 
in Lesburn 


John woodes, at the fowr Lone Ends, 
melone, pr Joseph innes, MarChent 


patricket brown, in peterhill, pr his 
brother, John brown 


David Stoormie, in belegomarten, 
pr William Stenson 


wdd brumfild, in scepers lean, pr hir 
neas, Elisebth Thomb 



John Gelston, in Cnoack parish, pr 
James Hamelton, in Caselreah 


wdd Harper, in broahshan, pr Mrs. 
Harper, MarChant, in broadstreat 
Edward M c . c leaney, in the ffalles 



12 d 




Samull Gillmor, in the loang Casea 

22 £ 

John Cunigham, in the milfeld lean 

[Here begins another hand, apparently that of 


Wdd Simson, MarC, per hir son 


v Agnew.] 



Wid Callinder 

27 C 

John Jonston, MarChent 

wid English 


Mr. Joseph Chochren, MarChent, to 
his wife pr. Samull MalCom, 
Tobaco Spener [spinner] 

mi Jn<? Smith for Hugh Wallace 

Tho: Lawry 

Wni Rainey, for Arthur Maxwell, Esq. 


r 1 

Robert peagon, at the Corn mill, pr 
his son Robert peagon, beacker 

Wdd ftinlay, pr William paterson, in 
norstreat, showmacker 




David Murray 

Ed: Whytelock, some time before 


Mr. Loang, MarChent, in Mahri- 



Jno Semple 

hoohel, pr Mr. James M c . c lure, 



Jno martin 



Wid: Greg, Glenavy 



Mr. Eatten Euwat, Minester in the 
parish of Cloagh milles in the 
County of Antrim, pr Docter 






Jas Smith 
Wm Whytler 
Win Martin 




mr Joanes 

1 c 

Thomas Miller, MarChent, at the 


James Connyhy (?) 




mrs. Loe 


Andew M cc kie, truper, pr his wife, 



Jn9 Barre 

the stamper 



mr negam (?) 

'5 t 

John Stockman, Sealear, pr his wife 



William Grriear, in Holewood, pr 
his brother 



Wid m c . c William, by Jean Willson 
St John Johnstone 

3° <* 

John Cille, in the Loang Casea, pr 


Janet Demster 

his brother Samull Cille 



David Logan 


Edwar whittlocke, Marchent 


Jn° m^Glochlin 



Richd fferralls 



A step Doghter of Robert Crofords, 


m"Kennay, widow 

on the Kie, Maroner 



Wm ffife 




James Boyd 


9 * 

Macom M"bride, in belegomartien 

Agnes Hethington 

9 c 

Mr. William Muntgomry, MarChent, 


Adam Quae 

in norstret 



Jno mitchell 


[Here begins another hand.] 

Octr 3 

Mr. Killoe, in the Cumber pearish 


in the Cownty of Down 

Jim 12 

Mr. Cunnigham Esqr., in the Count 

9 c 

Mr. warnock, in peter hill 

of Dearey at Springhill, pr Mr. 

17 b 

Robert M c Gee, in Holewod, pr 

Samull Smith, MarChent, yownger 

Robert M c Gee, in waren streat 


Thomas blayen, Eallselar, in noar- 

17 c 

Mr. Joannes, Exise Man 

streat, pr his wife 

iS u 

Edward pearss, the Correr [currier] 


Jean wolson, in Churck lean, pr 

in nor Streat, pr Mr. Lille 

John Charters 

24 u 

John Scoat, in the ffalles 


Mr. Hamelton, that was Cast Away 
on the Dock, pr Robert hamelton, 


John Sharpe, the Smith, pr Mr. 
Sharpe, the MarChant 


Nobr 5 c 

John M c Gown, in Melstreat 


widdo brown, in the falles 


Madom paotenger, in Careforgous, pr 



William Roper 

Capt Jmes Maxneel hamelton, 



John ffisher, sawer, in the loang 

in the Drum 


9 c 

Robert tamson, Sealer, liveng in 



Docter Doncan, potegar 




William Simson, seaDler, in norstreat 


John Suoters, Elseler,'pr his wife 



James Cowter, in the Loang Casae 

10 c 

Mr. John fforgeson, potegar 


william Simson, the sadler, pr John 
Ros, David money 


John bowman, the Meason, pr his 



John Stowart, living At the browrie 


the Colectors leady, pr Oabedia 

Agest 4 


Mr. M c murlian, living in Dene Goar 

16 c 

John M cc Lonehan, in norstreat 


17 c 

Mr. Robert Hamelton 



ArCheabel Mintgonry, taner, in noar- 
streat, pr Mr. Hamelton, in Hole- 


David Staford, in the ffalles, pr his 
brother Alexr 


22 c 

Mr. Middelton, Eall seler, in nor- 



Hugh backwood, Carpenter 


1 1 


Hugh Qaey, Teallowr 

23 c 

James Muncie, in scepers lean 

1 2 

William M c rea, Showmaker, pr John 

Desm 2 c 

David Kenedye, in broad streat 

poarter, Coper 

8 w 

ffransess Malcom, peterhil 



John Smith, MarChant, in broad- 


William Arther, in norstreat 


21 c 

David potter, in town 



yowng Charels Ramage, in peterhill 


James Stafor, at the fforth River, pr 



Hugh Muntgonre, in Dinygor, who 
Died in petterhill and was boried 


his brothe Alexr 

in Shankel, pr his son Robert 

Janr 2 s 

the Revd Mr. M cc kraken, in lesburn, 


pr Mr. Co r nel brise 

Sept 3 


John Gregg, the Smith, in norstreat 


Mr. Orr [Rev. Thomas Orr], in 



John Clotrdy, botcher, liveng at the 

Combar, pr his Clark 

Melgeat \Millgate\ 

3 c 

Thomas Qua, in Church lean 



Mr. Robert Hamelton, pr brown 

6 c 

Joarg Ashmor, in melstreat 

Joarg M'Cartnay 

10 c 

Mrs. Smith, in the Shogerhovs, pr 



Mr. William gowane, in peter Hill 

hir son John 



Mr. Joarg Gutrie, MarChent, in 


Mr. briss blear, pr John fforgeson 

broad streat 


Thoomas Stowart, premise to Mr. 



Mr. ffearol, in peterlill 

Arbockesl, pr yowng Samull 



Pat Kennedy, the MarChent 



Janr 27 

wdd Gregg, pr Mr. Willson \_Rev. 

Epr S c 

Mr. Eddmeston, pr Mr. James Adair 

Thomas Wihoii\ Menester in 


John Haselton, Elder, pr his wife 

belley Clear 

9 c 

Capt M«Coloah 

27 c 

Mr. James Adair 


A saruant of Mr. blow, prenter 

27 c 

John M cc Gown, living at the Melgeat 


Mr. bankes, pr Mr. ObeDia Groaves 


William Gaieit, Living inbeley Esten, 

14 C 

Staford Millford, Tealowar 

pr Samull Smith, Siner 


Henery Poater, barber, in in mill 

30 c 

William Carsan, in Mellstreat 

streat, pr David Poater 


26 C 

Mr. John Clark, Ma'Chant 



Mr. William Roadgers, Potegar, pr 

ffebr 6 * 

Mr. Ree, Ship Carpenter, in waren 

David Spence 


2S C 

Pat fforgson, at the fowr Corners 


Mrs. M c Gill, in lurgan 

May 2 

Mrs. Clamens, pr Docter Donkan 


Mrs. Ashmor, in Mill Streat, pr hir 

6 c 

Joarg Rosbrogh 

Son John Ashmor 


olid Mr. Reanney 

2 3 

Mr. Math is, weater on the Kie, pr 

10 c 

John M c amon 

obedia Groaves 

12 c 

Gorge Ashmor, Glouer, pr John 

2 3 

Mr. Talford, pr obedia groaves 


Mar 10 <r 

Mr. Hugh Lin 

14 c 

Docter Donckan 

10 c 

John stoakman, Marioner. pr his wife 

(sic) 91 s 

Robt M cc Gee, in waren Streat, who 


Capt whitside, living in Mellone, pr 

was boried in holewood 

his wife 

26 gc 

brown Gorge M c Cartnay 

16 y 

the Revd mr. M cc apien [Rev. James 

28 c 

Hugh Pringel, MafChent 

M' Alpine] Minester in beleyne- 

30 s 

wdd Campbel [three cloaks apiece were 

hinch, pr William Stenscon, At the 

ordered by the Capt of the tealoars, 

Ston bridge 

the Capt of the beackears, and the 

20 <r 

John Daben, Liveng in peter hill 

Capt of the Show-mackers] 

21 c 

Thamas warnock, in peter hill 


Mr. Hendrey Donean,tothe ffunerall 


widde Campbel, in melstreat, pr Mr. 

of his Mother in law 

Craford, Minester [Rev. Andrew 

Jun 3 c 

Docter Doncam 

Crawford, of Cammoney\ 


Mr. David spence, MarChent, pr 


Samuel M cc kitterick, in norstreat, pr 

his wif 

his wife 

4 c 

James Dicke, Miller, of the Mallt 


David Kennedy's brother, taner, in 




John browns Mother in Law, Chane- 


A brother of Archelb Miler, ffidler, 

lar, in Mellstreat 

living in noarstreat, pr Martha 


Leard Hamelton, Livingat Holewod, 


pr James M°Lure, MarChent 

30 <: 

James Moor, Sealler, in warean streat 

9 c 

James Mafert (?), the beacker 

3i c 

David Spence 

13 c 

James Grear, Shoemacker, pr Mrs. 

Epr 1 <r 

John Goarden, MarChant 

Agnes, botcher 

1 d 

Robert Sinkler, in the loang lean 

16 c 

Antoney Conegham, sealler, living 

2 <T 

Hugh Linn 

at the browrie 

3 d 

w d <l ffisher, in Casel streat, pr hir 

2r ii 

John Hathorn, Cornmill 


26 10 

Mr. M cc quearn, in beley Manoh 


old Mr. Innes, pr his son, Mr Joseph 

[Ballymend\, pr Alexr moar, peter- 



6 c 

Thomas whitsid, Ship Carpenter, on 

July 3 

Robt Adams, Ship Carptenar, pr 

the Kiee 

James Wear, Mariner 





Mr. Baniara Patterson, MarChant, 



Mrs. Sharp, fowr Corners 

pr his wife 

18 c 

Hugh Pringel 


brise blairs wdd paid 12 sbilings that 


Neall boy M c neall, who Died in 

she had in her hand for the Revd 

Doctr M c nealls, pr EarChabld 

Mr. Cowters [Coulter] Dogbters 




Mrs. Gallant, Gelgoram [Glengortn] 

I 2 C 

Andrew Skellin 

pr ArChebl M c neall, potegar 


brown Gorge M'Cartnay, pr his son 


1 1 

Mary Millen, melstreat, pr David 

Kennedy, taner 

14 7( 

Will Arter, pr willam Stoatt, Copar 

22 c 

Mr. boyd,of the Gleasrie [glasshouse], 

16 u 

Mr. Teatt, potegar, in Lesburn 

pr Mrs. Marget Neven 

17 c 

John Maxwel, hoxter, norstreat 

22 w 

James Iayon, Ship Carpenter, plant- 


wdd Cawall, in hallewood, pr Mr. 


M cc Clure 

27 c 

Mr. John Johnson, MarChent 


5 ' 

wdd M cc Gill, Elseler 


will Anderson, Eall selear, in broad 


Mr. Robert Andrew, MarChant, pr 
his son Gebrall 


streat, pr Mr. James blow 


Mrs. Ann Martin, pr Mr. ffransess 


7 c 

Robart Haye, Scolmaster 

Joy (son in law) 


Mrs. Lee, in learn, Pr Joseph Innes 


John ffreaser, in beley Gomarten, pr 

1 1 

David Park, pr his brother James 

John brown his Stepson 


1 1 

Samull beggs, Showmacker, Long 

12 c 

Antoney Coke, Sealer, Roas Marey 

17 c 

Mr. Ardbockel 


ball Jean 

T 7 

Robt Hamelton, Copear, one the 

20 d 

Temothy ffulertan, Stronmilles 

Kie, pr his wife 


Margrat Cambel, Long lean, pr 


Mr. Black, Combar, pr DocU 

Thomas M c onall, Shomaker, nor- 



Mrs. Maxwel, pr Patricket Maxwell, 

28 c 

John Clark, MarChent 

who Died in beley Manoh and 

28 c 

Robart Hamelton, Hoxtor, Norstreat 

was boried 


17 c 

yowng James Smith, malltman, in 


29 c 

Robt Hay, Scolmaster, Market house 




Dauid beggs, Carman 


Mr. John Kennedy, of Coltra, pr 

6 c 

Mr. Pat Smith 

yowng Sam' Smith 

7 c 

Clamens M c Cadam, peterhill 


James Iralland, in tempell patricket, 

12 w 

Hallbert Carr, in peterhill 

pr his Son John Iralland, in the fall 

'3 c 

Robart Dalzel, Carpenter 


7 7£» 

George Roasbrogh 

16 c 

will walless 

14 W 

James brown, SeaDler, in norstreat 

17 i- 

Thomas bornsid, whelwright 

23 S 

Alexr Moor, peterhill 


wdd MallCom, pr wrs blear, broad 


wdd Deaveson, warenstreat 


24 <: 

Mr. Danield Mussenden, MarChant 


Archabld Creagg, pr his wife 


James Creaghton, Ropwack [rope- 



Thomas Arther, Norstreat, pr will 
Stoat, Copar 

30 c 

borbra M c Gill, hole of the wall 

l 4 

Hanna Jolmbes [Holmes ?], hoxter, 



widd M c Cadam, longcasa 

in norstret, pr brother James 


Mr. Edward Whitloack, MarChant 

Holmes, wiggmaker 


James M c Tear, MarChant, pr bis 
brother Sam M c tear 


Mrs. Neall, Kerkdonall, pr hir son 
ArChebld Neall 




Captr Treall, pr Joseph Podgenar 


17 c 

John M c Dowal, heresons lean 


Mr. Edward Whitsid, Melone, pr 

17 c 

william M c Conoah, tealowar 

his son John whitsid 


Joseph barklow, Carpenter, Pr his 



Mrs. Andrew, pr hir Son Gebrall 




Robert M'Geies Mother, who was 

3 ® 

Daniel ffisher, pr him Selfe 

boried in holewod 

7 w 

Sam M c kelvey 

29 C 

John M c Dowall, Carrman 

12 £ 

John Johnston, MarChent 



Thomas Miller, MarChent, pr Pat 


Neclous Sharp, preanties with Mr. 


will Mitihel, MarChent, Pr his 


John Means, Sceper, planteson 

brother John Sharp 

6 c 

John M c Dowall, Carman, Harklovs 

2 t <r 

Thomas M c lune, Glover 


24 o< 

Joohn Anderson 

6 s 

Mr. M c Cen, helsborow, pr EAdam 

28 c 

william Lason 

M c Cen, prentis Mr. Ecels (?) 


John beard, Loang Casa, Smith 

Mr. Shavegg [Savage, per] Mr. Sam Smith, 



Richard Lamb, pr John poarter, 


Agnes Hunter, Church lean, pr Hilley 
Hunter [her aroilier] Retrney 


wido Johnston, Waller, pr John 


brown, Chanler, Melstreat 


wdd Hogsid, p r hir Doghter Reachel 


Mr. Gordan, bandbridg, pr John 

2 1 

Mr. Neagen, pr obedia Groave 

Gordan, MarChent in town 

26 c 

John M c Cart, taner, peterhill 


A Scoatch Man that Dayed in town 


Mr. William MuntGomry, prhis wife 


Alexr M c mun, pr Mr. John M c mun, 
Ma r Chant 


9 c 

Mr. Dunlap, living in Mr. Andrews 

22 c 

John Alld, Cloath MarChent 

9 « 

Mr. Stoward Esqr., Celey mon [Killy- 

23 « 

William Colbart 

moon\ pr yowng Sam Smeth 

24 ' 

Joseph mines, Sealler, Potengers 

24 c 

Sam M c Clentow 



1 a 

James wright, Tealloar 

James Carithers, Glover 

2 c 

Mr. John wallas, Ma r Cent, broad 

3 1 ' 

John Geades, Carier, Norstreat 



2 7tf 

David Kennedy, Ma r Chent, broad 

9 £ 

David Dunn,Ma r iner,in scepers lean 

S treat 


william Simes Mother in Law, Car- 

3 ' 

will Maxwel, Ma r Chent 


5 w 

Mr. Roase, Lodge 


olid Doctor fforgeson, pr Capt 

10 «' 

Sam boman, gleaser 

M c Coloah 

16 <: 

Doctar Duncan 

29 c 

John M c gown 

16 <r 

James white, Copar, Roos Marey 


Mrs. M'Glahlen 


3 1 

A sarvant of Mr. Maxwels of feney 

iS rf 

wdd Cearns, pr hir mother 



Margrat Robeson, Scepers lean, pr 



ffransis boyd, Church lean, pr his wife 

hir Sister, widdo M'lelan 


Mr. Carr, in belymanoh, p r Mr. 

22 si 

Squear Dason, Dasonds bridge, Pr 

wason, broad streat 

Joseph Innes 

9 c 

Mr. will Leg, in Mellon 


3 ' 

John brown, Norstreat, Meallman 


Thomas Allan, at the brurie, pr 

8 w 

William Combe, at millwater 

Patrick Smith, browrie 

11 rf 

wdd boyd, glesrie, pr Margrat Neven 


wdd MT)owal, back Ramper, pr hir 

16 a/ 

Mr. Dickson, Cerkdonel, Pr franses 

Doghter Agnes 

boyd, ChurChlean 

17 c 

Isaac Ramag, peterhill 


Novb 24 

Mr. Seel!, banger, Pr Mr. James 




Mr. Colam, Returney 

M c Clure 


the Leatt Revd Mr. Sam getty in 

26 C 

Allexr Deaueson, Chanlor, in ChurCh 

learn, pr Mr. gebrall Andreow 





Mr. John Clarke, the MarChent 


Jonathan Moor 


w dd watt, pr Mr. John Hamelton, 

28 c 

nathaniel Moarison, ChurCh lean 


Desm 1 c 

Mr. James Adair, MarChent 



Thomas warnock, peterhill 


Mr. John yovvng, MarChant 



John Ashmor, Glower, Melstreat 

5 ' 

William Greage, Teallor 


the Leat Revd Mr. Williamson, in 

1 1 

A Child who was A frind of Madam 

belenhinch, Pr William Ringland 

Dabes, pr Madam Dabes [Dobbs] 


Mr. umfres, pr Mr. John Holmbes 

12 j 

baniam MTJowall, Dunegor, pr Mr. 



John Ashmor, Glover, Mellgeat 

M c Lure 



Alexr M c Kown, Carman 


John Sherp, in hoolowod, Pr Mr. 
Rowland Sharp 

3 1 

wdd fultan, Millfeilld Lean, pr John 

21 <: 

Jorg Carsan, waterman 

3 1 


Jno Eggers, Smith, Rosemerylean 


wdd Thamson, pr Mr. Ramse 




william Delap, Last maker 

24 c 

Mr. John fforgeson, potegr 


Joarg boyd, in John Demster, pr 

24 c 

Mr. Joarg M c Cartnay 

Doctr M c Cartney 


warham Smith, Church lean, pr 



Capt MTColoh 

oabida Groaves 



David Craghton, Seallor 




the Revd Mr. Harper [Rev. Samuel 

Janr 4 

Long Margrie, pr Mr. James blow 

Harpur, of Moira] 

10 a 

Hugh blackwoo, Carpenter 



Mr. John Colman 

17 « 

Cornall fforgeson 


Willilliam Thamson, Seallor, plant- 


A streang [stranger] in town 


2 1 .r 

John fforgeson, potegar 


27 U 

Robt Lavve 



William M c Glathrie, in the Lang 

ffebr 2 

John Shaw, Shoger howse, pr Mr. 

Casa, Pr Jon Cumgham 

Jon Smith 



Mr. Jon Stel, potgr, DonoGhiede 


4 t 


Mr. will Mitchel.yownger, MarChant 



Mr. Townsend, Mellgeat 


the Leat Sr John Roding [Rawdon], 
in Mayorah \_Moira\ pr Mr. 

1 5 

Mrs. Cobam, in Hoolewod, pr Mr. 
Jo" Smith, M r Chent, broad streat 




Will Ringland, Gold Smith 


Samull Holmbs, broad streat, pr his 

J 7 


Andrew M c Comb, Millstreat 




James Thomason, sealler, Milstreat 

8 c 

John Gregg, Smith, in Norstreat 



William stoat, Copar, norstreat 


John Campbel, Lodger in Mr. John 




widd Cearns 

M'muns, pr Mr. James burges 


Samull Gillmor, Long Casa 


Thomas Eagelsom, weavor 



Mr. will Maxwl, MarChent 

13 * 

Mr. John Clark 



James Hamelton, peter hill 

13 rf 

Willm Hasock, melfild 



John Eruen [Irvine], Millfieldlean 

14 <: 

James Moor, Miller, ffall mill 



Mr. James Cobam, Jolewood, Pr 

17 d 

Jon M c Gown, Mill streat 

Mr. Jon Smith 


Richard farels Mother in law, living 
in tempelpatricket 



James Hamelton, Marinor, Pr Mr. 
James Hameton, at the bredg End 

24 <r 

Mr. John Smith, Living at the sluse 



Mr. Jon Gorden, Ma r Chant 





Robt Dalezel, Carpentar 




David Kennedy, North geat 

Octr 20 

Mrs. Glespie, att nuttan [Newtoum- 

8 c 

Mr. William Maxull, MarChent 

arifs], Pr Mr. Edward Whittloack, 

1 2 

Mr. Jon M c mun, Ma r Chent 


12 C 

Will Teatte, Glover, Millstreat 

22 c 

Mr. William Mittcheal, M.irChant, 

13 c 

Mr. William Townsend 

at the stton bridge 


Sam Carnchen, Long Casa 

23 < 

Mr boall, seallor, warenstreat, pr 

19 £ 

Jon Sttel, potger 

Mr Rea, seallor 

21 C 

Joseph Coahren, Ma r Chent, at the 

-5 c 

Mr Cobam, Retorney 


28 c 

wdd miller, at the Sttonbridg 


Joarg Ashmor, Hatter, in Mill streat 

28 c 

Robt boall, in broad street 

30 K/ 

Mr. Oakes, in Glean Eauey, Pr 
William Sinkler, in Melstreat 


Mrs Eruen, Comber, who was boried 
in this town 


S c 

Mr. William Reany 

30 c 

Widdo Miller, Sttonbridg 

8 «■ 

James Dicke, Miler, in the Malt mill 

3 1 c 

Mr William Mittchel, MarChent, 

9 c 

Angos wacker, on the Kee 

att the Stonbridg 


Dauid Kennedy, broad streatt, pi 
Jo" Rose, potegar 

Nour 1 

old Mr Tattford, pr Mr Arther 

IS « 

Mr. Hugh pringel, MarChent 

3 c 

Mr Robert boall, broad streat 

18 c 

Mr. Mathies, in the ffalles 

8 c 

John Lawes, norstreat 


Will Tood, Carpenter 

9 d 

Andrew Derumpel, MarChent 


A saruent of Mr. Innes 


Mr Alexr Storvard, pr Mr William 


Mr. Porter, in Kirk Donall, pr Mr. 

Ranie, MarChent 

Andrew Agneow 

12 s 

Jon Garner, beacker, in Rosemary 

23 d 

Mr. Mathies, in the ffalles 


26 <T 

Mr. James Park, MarChent 

14 c 

Mr Jon Walles, MarChant, broad 

26 <T 

Mr. William Raney, MarChent 



William M c reight, Glouer, Mills 

2 3 c 

Jon Sheain, in Gleneauey 

streat, pr Alexr Kille 

Desm 1 

M r Agne \v,of Cel waghter near Learn, 

28 <: 

Mr. Jon fforgeson, potegr 

pr Mr James burges, Ma r Clent 

30 70 

yowng Samull Smith, MarChent 

2 m 

James Holmes, weauer, in Rose- 


8 c 

Sam M c lento 

mery lean, pr Edward Loggan, 

8 c 

Richard Cowter 


r 3 ' 

Jon stowart, browrie 


James whitt. Copar, in Ross mary 

13 ' 

the Reud Mr. fflatchard 

Lean, pr Mr Anttney Harentton 

14 <r 

Abell Haskeson, nealer 

5 c 

Mr Robert Creag, MarChent 


Mr. David black, Pr his father Mr. 
Jon black, fowr Corners 

6 c 

Mr Rusell, living in mellon, pr mr 
william tomsend 

2S c 

Mr. pat Kennedy, MarChent 


Mr Jon Porter, Copar, V< Mr An- 

30 c 

Mr. Henderson, Clark to Mr. 

drew Agnew 

M c Culoahs 

j 6 n 

Mr Andrew Delrumpl 


7 * 

Mr. Daniel Mosentin 

22 c 

David M c neight, in peterhill 

S c 
1 1 

Ed war Harie, botch e 

Mr. Donelson, Gleneauey, Pr Mrs. 


Mrs Moor, who was Jonethon 
Moors widow, Pr hir son Jon moor 

Campbel, beacker 


Mrs Gresell Reney, Pr Mr J n Ecels 

II c 

Mr. Adam Gutrie, MarChent 

30 c 

Mr James Adair, MarChent 

14 a 

Alexr Craford, at the Maltmill 


l6 7i 

Samull Marttien, in Hoolewod 

Janr 2 c 

Mr James Mairs, Living in broad 

1S <r 

Jon Glean, in the hole of the wall 

4 C 

Mr Sam M'Lento 


Janr 9 w Hugh uanse, Labrer, Living in 
Rosemery lean 
ioc Jo" brow, in peter hill 
13 gc James Law, Hoxter 
1 5 Isack Raraige, Carman, Pr Charels 

28 c Jon Hana, Chanler, living in Nor- 


29 John M c arttnay, Gabert man, Living 

in the plantesion 
2,1 c Mr Robert M c Capon, living at the 

Mill geat 
31 c Mr Richard ffarell, living peter hill 
ffebr 6 the Leat Squeair Hatreckt, Pr Mr 

Isaac M cc Cartnay 
8 Samull boyd, Meall man, in Church 

lean, Pr Hugh Smith, in Church 

11/ Mr Capt Maxwell 

17 Mrs Petterson, MarChent, at the 

Market House, Pr Jon Johston, 

18 s Mr James Hamelton, bridgeend 

19 c Hugh Marteen, Pr John Thomson 

20 Mr. Cromie, High Shieref, Pr Mr 

Jon Smith, Marchent, Juner 

21 w Thamas Marten, Market House 

22 c Mr Hugh Pringel, MarChent 

25 vvdd M c Comeby, back Ramper 

[Buck Rampart] 

26 c Adam Patey, planteson 

Mar s Mr M c anse Kirkland, shipCarpner, 

living one the Kie 

1 1 c Mr Cobam, Returney 

12 James brown, in the ffales 

1 2 c Edward whitloack, Mar Chent 
15/14 M r Jaremy Campbell, who was 

Loast in Garmoyle, pr his son 
17 Euphams Rush, liuing in Rose 

mery Lean 

17 c Mr William worthenton, living in 

Church lean 

18 Mr Casky, who was lost in Gar 


19 w Mr Russel, in Hoolewod 

24 m olid Sam Smith, living in Dunegoar, 
Pr Mr Pat Smith 

30 Arther Kell, in Holewood, pr Mr 

James M"Clure 





31 w William Anderson, living At the 

salt water bridge 
31 Mr Roper, sealler, his Mother in 

2 c 

3 c 

4 c 

10 c 

'5 e 

24 c 

15 £ 
19 c 
19 c 

26 c 

28 c 









9 c 
13 c 

Jo" Glen, hole of the wall 

Mr Cobam, Retorney 

Alexr Daueson, Selear 

John M'Dowall, Carman, to his 

olid John Adames, Norstreat 
Thomas ffeare, living in the Rose- 
mary Lane, Marinor 
David Leathern, Gon Smith 
Andrew M c Cone, Carman, Long- 
lean, Pr Jon Ecles 
William yeward, tobackow Spener, 

in milstreat 
Antney Thobron, seaman 
Jon Chapman, Marinor, living in 

potengers Entrie 
Mr Jon Johnston, Marchent 
Jon Starlen, in the ffalls 
Jon Starlen, in the ffalls 
William bearrd, Marinor, living in 

the plantesion, Pr Mr Jon Carr, 

William Sallter, Living in the ffalls 
Mr Jon Stoakman, Marinor 
William Amblem, Coper, at the 

Jon neckelson, in the Long lean, 

Mr Hugh Pringel, MarChant 
william Smith, Shogarhouse 
Mr Hugh Cunigham, Clark to the 

old Mitinghouse 
Mr M c Clure, MarChent 
Mrs Maxwel, of Obeday Groaues, 

of ffiney broag 
Robert Skery, kie porter 
Joarg Jhnston, Barber, in Mill 

Mr Jon M c Cartney, MarChent 
John Patterson, barber 
Mr Greansheals, Carmoney 
William Geall, Shomacker, noar- 

Mr M c Cologh, in Ronaldstown, Pr 

James M'Clure 



6 w 

Mr Jo° Johnton, in Norstreat, 




mrs Ross, at the ston bridge, Pr hir 
son John 


Mr John Challmbrs, MarChent, Pr 
his Son James 



Cristian Poag, Living in Rosse 
marey Lean, Pr Mr Thomas Stor- 


3 < 

5 c 

14 c 

old Mathew Garner, Pr Mr Arther 

Sam Smith, Junr, who was boried in 

Mr Edr burt, sufron in town \_Benn 

gives the name as Nathaniel Byrtt; 

he died in office\ 
Jon Smith, son to olid Samull 

1 1 


Mr Edward Willson, in waren 

Archbald Moor, marioner, Living 

in waren Streat, Pr his wife 
A Leftenanen of the man of war 

that is at Learn, Pr Mr James 





Mr William Staford, Marioner, in 

18 c 

Samull Smith, Ealle Selar, ffowr 

Clogstans Entrie 





William brown, at the fforth River 


John Comack, in Mayrogh \Moira\ 
Pr Mr John Jhnston 


Mr Antony Harenton, Rosemery 



Robert Calhond, beacker, Pr John 

Mathew Garners wedo, Pr Mr Arter 




John Brown, in peterhill 
James Mcartnay, Sufron in Town, 
Pr his brother Jon M'Cartnay 


J 5 


Mr John Smith, Son to olid Samull 


Mr William Smith, Pr his brother 


Mr John Smith, Shogerhouse 

1 5 


John Hall, Coppar, in Scepar Lean 



Mr William Raney, Ma' Chant 
Cesie \_Keziahi\ Tonough, back 


Mr Jn° black, Pr Mr James Ar- 




John Stwart, in Mellstreat, who 

18 f 

Mr Archbald M c neal, potegar 

was saruant to Mr Kelpatricket 

28 c 

Robart Thomson, ship Carpenter, 



Mr Jon Sharp, Ma'Chent, in broaD 



w dd Granger, Mill streat, Pr hir son 
in Law James Thonson 



Jon fframe, weauor 
Edward Loggan, burnCarier 

7 ^ 

William Hamelton, Cooper, in peter 


Mrs Arther, at the fowr Corners, 
Pr hir Granson, Arther Burt 


Mr John Grrefen, Comber, Pr Mr 
Antoney Harenton 



Mr Isaack Mcartnay, MarChant, on 
the Hanower Kee 


Robart Cauer, in Celead 



Mr William Walks, MarChent 

2 S « 

william Lason, smith, Church Lean 




James Willson, butcher, in Rose- 


mery lean 


5 < 

Thomas M'Clune, Glouer, in Rose- 
mary Lean 


Alexander Hotcheson, at the mille- 


John Ree, ship Carpener, living in 



John Irwen, wever, in Jorges Lean 

waren streat 



James Weear, Manoner, at the ffott 

12 c 

Caluen Darlen, at the Sluse bridge 

of Potengers Entrie 


Patricket withers, Copper, in waren- 
streat, Pr Mr Andrew Agnew 

2 3 


Mr Maxwel, of ffeney Broag, Pr 
Com Brise in Town 

25 e 

william M c Cologh, Telear 



Mrs Clogstan 

28 * 

M r ffrases Cromie, MarChent 



Docter Uelap, at the Ston bridge 


14 <r 

Cornall Edward brise, who was 
boried in Balleycarey 



Mr Woodside, Marioner, at the fifot 
of waren Streat 

8 4 


July 2 Daniel ffislier, Manner, Living at 

the Kee, Pr his wife 

4 c Moses Hill, butcher 

8 c RoU Henderson, in beleninch, 'Pr 
Alexander Henderson, Gleser 

14 d Mr ArChbld Stowart, in Comber 
22 m Mr Samull M'Tearr, in norstreat 

Agest i c Dauid morrow, Teloyr, livng in 
broad streat 
2 c margret Ruebery, in the Long Lean 

5 c Dauid Layons, in the Long lean 

1 1 w Robart M c Capen, Taner, mel geat 

1 6 w Dauid Morrw, Teallowe, waren 

20 olid Mr James Smith, Pr his son 

James, notStreat 
29 M>' Joseph Innes, Ston MarChant 
Sept 1 olid Mrs yowng, Pr hir Son Hugh 

S c Mr James Monsie, in Scepars Lean 
10 2c Thomas Lowrie, beacker 
13 c Capt M c Cologh, in Waren 


26 c Mr James Moncie, in Scepers Lean 
Slir 11 c John yowng, Carppenter, living at 

the now Erexon Geat [New Erec- 
tion, i.e. Third Meeting-house, 

15 c Mr James Moncie, in Scepers lean 

27 c Mr Adam M c Cen, in waren Streat 
29 c Alexr Henderson, Glesor, in nor- 

Nor 2 c Mr John Aid, MarChant, in the back 

of the MarCethouse 

3 c Mr Robert M c Capen, Taner, mill- 


4 c Thomas M c Conel, Shoe maker, in 


17 c will M c Dowaille, ffidler, 

18 c David Pinkerton, beacker, in the 

Ston bridg 
20 c Mr Willian Maxwell, MarChent, one 

the Hanouer Kie 
29 c Mr John Seadg, one the Hanouer 
Desm 7 c Mr william Mettchall, Elder of the 
olid melting hous 
8 Mr John Hamelton, beleny fey 
10/ Ritchard Skerie 

Desm 1 1 c william M c Cologh, Tayloar 

1 1 c Samull mettchall, in noarstreat 
13 c Robt Dallzel, Carpentar 
27 c John boel, in harkels lean, weauer 
3 i j Mr John walles, at Doaggh, Pr mr 

John walles, in broad Streat 
31 Mr James Smith, in Noar Streat, 
Pr his wife 
Jner 8 c Mr Sam M c Clenton, uentnar 

10 c Samull willson, Stashenor, son in 

law to wdd Cairns 
13 Mr MComb, in Doagh, Pr Mr John 

walles, in broad Streat 
22 Mr John Eacles, MarChant, in broad 

30 Mrs Grrean, in waren streat, Pr Mr 
Patrect Kennedy 
ffebr 5 Henrie Jones, Pr his Sone Thomas, 
in Peter hill 
6 c Robert Creage, Pr John walles, in 

15 John ffllemen, beyont the Long 
bridge, Pr his wife 

3 Mrs becerStaf, Pr Mr John Smeth, 

at the Sine of the Pecok 

4 c Mr Anlier Tetford 

5 c Mr William Walles, at the bredg 

19 c Patreck Kenneday, MarChent 
19 c Mr John fforgeson, Potegar 

1 9 c M r James yowng, MarChent 

20 Mr David M c Cnaight, Peter Hell, 

Pr his wife 
25 Thomas M c neight, Teallor, Leiuing 

in Rosse marey Lean, Pr David 

29 Mr Dickson, in Comber, Pr John 

3 ( c Ritchard ofarel, in Peter Hill 
Apr 1 Jean Marten, in ChurCh Lean 

10 d Hugh Sharpp, in Kirk Doneall 
13 d Mrs Manken, in veran streat 
13 d John Gades, Corier 
17 gc Allexr Moor, in Peter Hill 
17 c William wyly, Coper Smith 
(sic) 12 c wdd Smith, in nor Streat 

2-] c M>' ffranses Cromie, MarChent 
May 2 s ArChbld Stwart, in Comber parish 



May 6 c David Pinkerton, Living at the 
Ston bridg 

9 c John M c fferan, Living in Rosse- 

marey Lean, tealower 

15 Mrs Mirifeld in Lisburn, Pr Mi- 
Thomas Lill, Ma'Chent 

20 Mr Andrew Dalrumpel, MarChent, 
Pr Mr James Dalirumpl 

20 c Mr James Parkes, marChent, at the 
Ston bridg 

20 s Parson Hamelton, in banger, Pr 
Mr Sam Smith, junr, MarChent 

20 Sara M c neall, planteson 
Jun 3 John M c Dowall, Pr James m c Dowll, 

in Holewood 
3 c Mr Jon Moor, Scoll master 

10 c John umfres, Scollmaster, in waren 

S treat 
iic Mr John Allde, MarChent, in Poten- 
gers Entrie 

25 c mi John Macartney, MarChent 

29 w Thomas ffeare, in Rose Marey 
July 11 c Jorg brakenrig, Gleaser, in Rosse- 
marey Lean 

15 Mr Ritchard Ashmor, hatter, in 

mell Streat 

16 c Jorg brakenrige, Gleaser, in Rosse 

Morey lean 

17 m John Irland 

Agest 9 s John hamelton, Living in neow 

10 c m' Robert m c Capen, taner, in Mell 

24 c Mr John Johnson, MerChent 

24 c mr James begger, marChent 

26 c widdo Smith, in norstreat 
26 c ArChbld m c neall 

28 c mr James bigger 
Sept 1 10 Williamson, in Caselreah 

5 <: Jorg Guttrie, MarChent 

1 1 c George Gutrie 

1 1 mrs Clugston, Pr hir son the sofren 
Octr 6 c mi Sam M c lento 

7 w James barnet, in melstreat 

8 Dauid morra, Taylor, in waren 

Streat, Pi his wife 

25 mr William Arbuckle, Pr his father 

mi James Arbuckle 

Noi 5 c william Sinkler, in melstreat 

6 Mrs Jean Clugson, Pr hir brother 

the Soueran in town 
1 7 in Mr Cobam, Returnie, in Town 
Desm 5 John boall, marinor, in waran 
14 A Streanger, living in Jorg Stevens 
Entrie, mell Streat, Pr Madam 
23 c John willson, in Rose marey Lean, 

26 c Thomas wason, Carpeiter, in Rose 

Marey lean 

27 <r William Staford, marioner, in Clog- 

sons Entrie 

28 Robert Coper, in Hugh Pringels 

[ l7 28] 

Janr 18 Mr Harper, Living in Glanaim, 

Pr mr Samull Allen 

ffebr 3 A Streanger that Dayed in the ffar 
End of ChurCh lean, Pr mr Joseph 
5 b Alexr orr 
2i Mrs Donelson, Pr Hir Son in Law 
mr James M c Clure, MarChent 
Mar 6 olid Mrs Ewens, in Peter Hill, Pr 

mr Jon Armstrong 
12 c Allexand Henderson, Gleasor 

14 A frind of Mr James blow, A yowng 

woman who Dayed in his House 

15 c John bowall, weauer, in Harklos 

15 John fforgeson, son to olid Docter 

fforgeson, who dayed besides 

Dogh, Pr mr John forgeson, 

21 Robert Morra, Taylor, in Rose 

mary Lean, Pr his wife 
23 c mr wear, maironer, in the fut of 

Potengers Entrie 

29 c Alexr Henderson, Gleasor, in nor- 


30 olid mrs Todd, Pi mi Thomas Lille 

& mr John Smith, in broad Streat 
Aprl 4 olid william m c lelan, in the Long 
lean, Pr mi m c Dowalld and mr 
Robert m c Gee, in Scepers lean 
5 w Thomas Agnewe, scleater 



6 c 

William m c Cologh, Taylor 


25 c 

Jorge Johnston, barber, in Mill 


John Read, Labror, in the Plante- 




9 c 

mr Hugh Linn, Living in Casel- 


mrs Innes, Pr M r Joseph Innes 


9 t 

John M'Dowall, Carman, in Peter 


olid Madam Dalaway, Pr mr Samull 
Smith, MarChent 


mis Comock, in Myroah parish, Pr 
mr John Smith, at the Pecoak 

24 c 

mr James Henderson, Living in 


olid James Orr, in Comber at the 
Dam, Pr Allexr Orr, marChent 


mr John Taylor and his mother in 

17 u 

Hugh Kennedy, in the Longlean 



Mis bruse, Pr mr John Roose, 

19 a 

William m c Lelan, in the Longlean, 

MarChent, at the Stonbridg 

Pr mr oahtrie m c Dowall and m r 

24 c 

Thomas Lowrie, beacker 

Robert M c Gee 



Jorg Williamson, Smith, in Church 

23 // 

Mr James Moor, in the ffall Mill 



1 c 

William Moor, Chanler, at the 
Sluse bridg 


mrs Hutcheson, near beleclair, Pr 
mr John fforgeson, Potegar 

2 c 

mr Jno Sttell, Potegar 

23 c 

william Osborn 

6 c 

Jon Stell, Potegr 

2S c 

mr Andrew Smith, marChent 

6 c 

william Endslie, Glower, in Rosse 
mery lean 



Gillbart moor, Sinr, his mother in 

7 c 

william Hanna, Taylowr, in Church 

13 c 

James Campbel, watterman 



James Lawe 

14 </ 

mrs Camel, beacker 

27 w 

mr Robt Johnston, in mellone 


Mr John Clark, MarChent, at the 
Market House, Pr his wife 



mr Thomas Lyle, Pr mr mosentine 


John Jakes mother in Law, Show 



mr John M c Cartnay, marClent, Pr 

the Reud mr Samull Helleday 


James Thamson, Marioner, living 
in melstreat, Pr his wife 

6 s 

Andrew barnet, Pr mr John Smith, 
marChent, broad Streat 


3 ' 

Thomas m c Conell, showmaker, in 


mr John Shaw, beleytwedy, Pr mr 
James m c Clure 


8 c 

mr William mittchel, MarChant, 
Living besids mr John m c Cartnays 


Capt M'Cologh, in Ronaldstoun, 
Pr mr James m'Clure, marClent 

12 w 

mr William ffarlie, at Lisburn, 
Living in Lesnetronk, Pr mr 

20 c 

mr John Sharpe, MarChent, in 

James m c Clure, maiClant 


Mr Walles Granmother, marChent 


David Pinkerton, beaker 

in broadstreat 

19 c 

mi Gillbart m c Dowall, MarChent 



widdo m c Canlie, P f mrs m c Canlie, 

19 w 

mr Walker Cromel, Pr mr James 

liveng in the plantesion 

m c Clure 


margrat miller, in mr David Cra- 


Chancier Mmeall, of Port of ffery, 

fords, his seruant 

Pr mr James M c Clure, marChant 


mr Samull M'Clenton, Pr his wife 


mr John Kinkaid, Pr m r James 
M c Clure 


A strenge, Pr mr Jon Smeth, in 
broad streat 


mr Allexr Moor, Marchent, in Teter 
Hill, Pr mr Getty 



mr John Smith, Liung in Mr Pa- 
tricket Smiths, MarChent 


'5 « 

Allexr Henderson, Gleaser 

9 m 

Ringen [Niniati] ffresel, in Long 

17 ^ 

John Johnston, beacker, in nor-streat 




20 U 


Georg Campsie, in norstreat 
Gaien Hamelton, Pr mr J n Col- 



Olid Madam Pottenger, Pr hir Son 
mr Joseph Pottenger 





mr ffranses Atcheson, Eall seler 


1 c 

2 W 

ra' John Johnston, MarChent 
Doacter Smith, in town 



mr James Henderson, Living at the 

Shoger house 

8 c 

James Singelton, in mill field lean 



mr John walles, MaiChent, broad 

13 c 

William hamelton, Cooper, in Roose 





mr William m c Caulie, liung in the 

23 ' 

mr John Mairs, in Town 

plant teshen, sealer 

24 w 

william mathies, in Loonglean 



Andrew wattson, Carman 

30 02 

Thomas Lowrie, beaker 



James nelson, Carman, tor Streat 



Iserall Coates, Liung in the ffalles, 
Pr obedia Groaues 



Samull brown, Peter hill 

wido m c Calester, in the Long lean 


Thomas ffeares, Sealler, his mother 
in Lawe 


Mr John Sharp, in broad streat, his 
onkels Doghter 


mr John m c Ceben, at Kerkdonel, 


Andrew m c Comb 

Pr mr Adam m c Ceben, maiChent 




mr William Mittchel, MarChent 

in town 



Dauid Craghton, Marinor, in Nor- 


the Reu<l mr John Mallcom, in Dun 
morey, Pr mr John walles in 
broad Streat 



John fram, weaver, Peter hill 
Rittchard Offerall, Petterhill 

20 <T 

Mrs Petecrow, in NorStreat 



John osborn, beaker, in melstreat 


13 C 

13 <T 

Robert Ashmor, Hatter 
Alexr Daueson, Marioner 



Geiorg Carson, water man, at the 


Daniel Handerson, tobacones, Pr 



John Slloan, beacker, in norstreat 

mr Robert Henderson, Taner, in 




John m c Dowald, Carman, in nor- 



16 C 

mr Samull Mittchel, MarChent, in 



wildow Parkhill, in Peter hill 




John Gades, at north Geat 


S c 

A sister of mr Samull Mitchell, in 



John Taylor, tobackenst, in norstreat 

norStreat, MarChent 



widdo boyd, in mr Allexr yowngs 

14 c 

william Henderson, taner, in norSt 

howse, teneneneman 


M 1 " Adams, yearn Marchent, At the 




John m c morey, Taylor 

Ston bridg, Pr his wife 



william moor, Chanelar, at the sllus 

25 « 

mr William Sharply, Taner, in nor- 


Gain Rodgers, in Long lean, Pr his 


4 * 

David Layens, Cafey Hous 

ffather william Rodgers 

5 e 

mr william Staford, Marinor 


olid mrs Craford, Pr hir son Dauid 



Agnes Leas, Pr Ronold, in Mr 
James blowes 


mrs Sinkler, P>' mr Dainel mosentine 


Mrs Leas, Pr hir Son Ronold, in 
Mr James blowes 


John osborn, beaker, Pr his wife 
Hanna bell, P r mr John Collman, 


Andrew Tood, in the Countie of 


Clark of the olid meting house 
Olid william Rusel, olid Park, Pr his 


mr James Woods, Living at the 
ffowr Lone Ends in mellone, 


Son Georg Rusel 

Pr his Doghter Mrs m cc Gee, in 




mr James Challmbrs in waren Streat 

warenstreat, weddo 


John brown, in Peter hill. Pr John 

26 £ 

John Dreanen, Roper, in NorStreat 

Singelton, weauer 




wido Maxwel, norStreat, Pr David 



Madan shaw, in Lisburn 

Craghon, Marinon 

14 c 

mr Daniel Mosentine 

3° c 

william Innes, whipmaker 


mr Georg Manken, at the millwater 



A stranger in the Contre, Pr Alexr 
orr, marChent 

2 1 

Thomas Marten, in Rose marie 
Lean, Pr his ffather in Law 

4 c 

Thomas Geleland 

Robert M c ffeall 

7 c 

Mr Sam Smith maiChent 

30 u 

James monsie, in Long lean 

12 c 

Isaack AGnew, Copper 



mrs Rosse Hamelton, Living in 


the Revd m' James bruse, Keleleah, 
Pr rat John Smeth, at the Peoack 

mount Hamelton, Pr mr James 
m c Clure, MarChent in Town 

24 c 

mr John Knoox Gold smeth 





John Cattervvood 



Allexr orr, for his Cosens ffunerall 

4 ' 

John M'questen 

3 " ,c 

Mr Arther Tattford, Pr the Revd 

16 f 

John umfres, Scoll master 

mr Neclous Tatford 


Mr Matthew Ramsey, Clark of the 
neow meting house 


the Rsud mr Sinklear, Pr m r John 
fforgson, Potegar 


Mrs Read, in Kellenchie, Pr mr 
James M c Clure 



Olid widdo boyd, in the Plantesion, 
Pr mr William M c Canlies, maioner 

30 c 

James Loaggan, Eall seler, in nor- 


mr William m c whorter, in Car- 
money, Pr mr Joseph Jinnes, 


8 c 

John m c Glahlen, brower 



Nathan Smith, Pr John Hughs, in 

28 c 

mr William M c uckelwreth, marChent 




mr John Damster, Pr his wife 

18 c 

mr James ballief, Marioner, Pr mr 
Hoadkis, nealer 


Doacter Cromie, Pr his brother in 
Law Mr John magenis, Liung 

19 <: 

Moses Cunigham 

besids Drummor 

24 c 

Georg Gemeson, beacker, at the 
Ston bridg 


mrs fforgeson, in tampel Patreck 
parish, Pr mr Jon Smith, in broad 



Thomas Agnew, Pr his Son in Law, 


mihel mfeall, butcher 


mrs Manken, at the Millwater, 

J 3 

wido m c Cormick, in the Long Lean 

Pr hir Son Thomas manken 

16 c 

mr Cobbam, Retumie 


mr oferall, in Peterhill, Pr his wife 


John Marten, Long lean 

30 c 

widd bell 


oil mrs Rittchie, Pr hir son Robt 
Dallzel, Carpenter 



mrs Hadenton, in Town, midwife, 
Pr mr Joseph Innes, MarChent 

30 c 

Thomas ffife, Carpenter, in nor- 


mr James Robeson, marChent, in 
Norstreat, Pr his wife 


4 ' 

mr James bigger, marChent 


27 c 

John Eger, Smith, Rose mery lean 


Dauid Potter, Church lean 

3* ' 

Astrenger, in the Long lean 

19 c 

mr John Gordon 


4 si 

mr Adam Adam m c Ceben, mar- 

20 c 

John Picken, in Long lean 



17 c 

John mean, Shomaker 


mr James wear, maironer, his 


12 c 

James baillef, Marinor 

mother in Law 


Mrs Ashmor, Hatter, Pr hir Son 


James Scoat, in Drumbo 



mrs Johnes, play howse 



brown Georg m c Cartney wido, Pr 


8 s 

mr Georg maCertney Esqr 

mr Patr Smith, MarChent 

13 c 

James Rodgers 


A brothers Child of Walter Sandelens 


John Donelson, in Church Lean, 

31 u 

Rittchard ffmnley, Town Sargen 




July 15 neas of Toallen, in the ffalles 

22 c John m c Cert 

24 c Thomas willson, barber, one the 
Agest ye 3 Maigor blaire, Livng at Cam Castel, 
Pr mr James burges, ma'Chent 

12 William Geals, Showmaker 

1 2 Robert ffisher, in the ffalles 

27 Astreanger 

30 w M r wear, one the Kee 

3 1 Robert Scoat, taylor 

7 s mr Robert Donaldson, in Peter hill 

8 w Thomas Gilleland, buttcher 

2 David Throw, miller, of the Corn 
mill, P r his wife 

3 d widdo Agnew, at Cewaghter \_Kil- 
waughter\ Pr mr James burges, 

6 John Gaddas, Coriner, Pr his wife 
15 A frind of mr Joseph Innes, in the 

15 olid mrs Tavernor, in the ffalles, 

Pr Sam M'Cadam, in the Long 

[5 c Sam Joy, meason, in norstreat 
20 w Thomas Singlton, in the Long Lean 

24 c mr ffranses Cromie, MarChent 
29 wido ffife, Pr William mCullogh, 

6 M' ffranses Cromie, Pr mr James 

6 Capt Hamelton, Living in Cushin- 

Dun, Pr mr James M c Clure, mar- 

chent in town 

6 c John ffife, Sope boyler, in Nor- 

7 Mr Patrick Kennedy, Marchent 

9 c Thomas Gueleland, butcher 

9 c Samull m c Calliue, Museshenar 
10 c mr John Maiers, in town 
22 m Lahlen Mmeal, mairnor, in the 

25 A sister in Law of Thomas Gille- 

land, botcher, in Town 
ffebr 1 c mr John Alld, marchant, in Town in 

the back of the Grean 
Mar 2 mrs black, at Drummor, Pr mr 



[•73 = 

Mar 16 w mr John M.iirs, in town 

16 mr Hugh Sharp, Pr mr John Sharp 
Apr 2 mi> Joanes, in melone 

7 mr James Hamelton, Chaneler, 

Pr mr James M'Clure, in town 
7 c mr Hugh Linn 
21 c will Cros 
May 20 wido bell, at the Coaue hill 

21 Astrangers Chill, Pr James Eas- 

dealld, botten maker, in Town 

22 mrs bleair, living at CarnCasel, 

Pr mr James borges, marChent, 
in town 
Jun 2 c James Lure 

3 c mr Robt Ashmor, Hater 

19 c John Jake, Showmaker 

23 william D;cks mother in law 

24 c James Rodgers, ship Carpenter 
July 5 Alexr m'Dowalld 

15 c mr John Ashmor, maiClent 

20 d David m'men, at the Coawe hill 
Agest 3 c will Lason, Smith 

7 Maigor upton, in tampelpatrek, 

Pr m>" James m'Clure, marClent, 

in Town 
S s the Reve J mr wolson, in beley 

Clair, Pr mr James burges, in 

15 to John m Clune, mairnor, Pr his 

brother Robert m'Clune 

22 s Pall Redd, in Tampelpatrek, Pr 

John Sempel in Norbtreat 
Sept 2 c Thomas whittsid, Ship Carpenter, 

one the kee 
1 3 widdo Craford, one the kee, Pr John 

m c Ceben, Copper 
Ocu 1 c Thomas whittsid, one on the Kee, 

ship carpenter 

15 (■ Hendrie fegen 

1 6 w Robert m c feall 

21 necloas Sharp, P'" his sisters 

23 w William osborn, butcher 
mr Patr Smith, marChent 
mr Gabriel Andrews, MarChent, 

Pr his brother Hugh Andrews 
James boyds mother in Law, 

marinor, in scepers Lean 
mr John Taylor, in broad streat, 

Pr his wife 

ye 17 
ye 16 

ye 26 



7 u 

Andrew m c Clenchie, Dunmorey 



william ffergeson, at the Clovvnie, 

10 u 

Timothy Shelds, beaker, in Rose 

Pr his son Georg ffergeson 

mary lean 

20 it 

mathew m c nealley, Pr John Sempel, 

10 s 

John Taylor, Carman 

Peter hill 


John Kerns, snuf man, Pr his 
mother, vvido Kerns 


Harcoles m c Gomrie, Esqr, in beley 
Leson, Drumbo, Pr Capt Hamel- 


William Lowrie, buttcher, Liuing at 

ton, Drumbeg 

the wattersid, Pr his wife 

26 c 

mr Hugh yowng, marChent 


ra's Shaw, of beley Gelly, Pr m' 
James M c Clure, MarChent 


wido Sttwart, Plantesion, Pr hir 
son in law, Antoney Thobron, 

22 s 

the Reud m' Clugston, in Lam 


24 c 

Antoney Thobron, sealler 


3 K 

William ffergson, in the Clownie, 

2 5 

eqts Potter, mother in Law to 
Robart Armstrong, marChent in 


Pr hir Son Georg ffergson with 
Sqr mcartney Colector 

town, whos mother in Law Liued 

22 c 

mr William Walles, at the bredg 

in Kelenchie 



wido swondeall, in HarColes Lean, 


Hugh Morrow, in the ffalles 

Pr hirDoghter mareyand Thomas 

28 c 

John Orr, in Drumbo 

Lowrie, beaker 


9 c 

mr William Sinkler, in mellstreat 


12 c 

mr James Challmbrs, marinor, in 



mr James Challmbrs, marioner 

waren streat 

16 «r 

John Gafoge, botcher 


olid John m c faden, Pr his son 


Robart Ranton, Pr nv Robart 

Hendrey mTaden, barber, in 
Church lean 

27 c 

mr James yowng 


mr William Henderson, for two 

31 f 

Georg Ross, ship Carpenter, in the 

children at Deferant times 


20 c 

mr John Jack Show maker 


1 6 ze/ 

James Layon 

20 c 

John forsieth, Taner, in Ropwack 

17 <r 

mr Isaac Agnew, Copar 

24 c 

William Kenen, Ship Carppenter, in 


mr Gelbart Moor, MarChent, Pr his 

the Plantesio 

Doghter Elisabeth 

27 c 

Georg Lashel, Cardmaker 


Peter Alexande, in Peterhill 


Georg Swarbreck, liuing in the 

21 <T 

Robt Stvvart, in Drumbo, Pr Robert 

ffalls, Pr his wife 

m c kee, in the Paresh of Drumbo, 


2 d 

James Smith, Coppar, in Roesmaiy 

in beley Coaen townland 


24 C 

mr Isaack Agnew, Copper 

2 c 

mr Hugh Pringel, marChant 


widdo Guning, in Roess merie Lean, 

3 ' 

John Dowald, bangbeger 

Pr mr ffranses Atesion, at the 

3 c 

John fife, Sopboyler 


4 ' 

Robert forsieth, in the falles 

2 S 

mrs Creag, harclos Lean, Pr John 
Henderson, weauer 

4 <■' 

wido Arbockels, in Rosse marey 
Lean, Pr olid mrs Ardbockels 

26 ze/ 

John ffife, barber, Pr hir son John, 

6 c 

Samull Mittcheall, in norstreat 


6 c 

mr Paterek Smith, marChant 

3 «' 

Mr John Sharp, MarChant 

9 c 

mr Robart walles, marChant 


mrs m c Cullogh at Shaes bridg, 

10 c 

nu Isaak Agnew, Copper 

Pr mi Dauid Craford, in Town 


mr Joseph Innes nephew 


William Scoat, in Drumbo, Pr neuin 


Hendrie m c Gomrie, Carman 

m L kee, in belecoan 

12 c 

John boald, weauer, in Rossmerey 

'7 c 

Georg Johnston, melstreat 




Jun 12 c John m c Glahlen, hoxter, in nor- 

14 c Charles Garner Gardner, Marinor, 

at ye Slows bridg 

15 c John Lawes, Hoxter, in norstreat 

16 c James Sowrbot, on the kee 

1 7 c James m c Calserar, in norstreat, Car- 

18 c James nelson, in norstreat 

19 c Charles Garner, Marinor, at the 

Slows bredg 
2\ c mr William Mittchall, one the 
hanouer kee, marChant 

23 c Willm Lason, smith, in Church 


24 c William Hamelton, Copper, in har- 

coles lean 
24 c Thomas Anderson, opeset [opposite] 
to mr Archbld m c neall, Doctor 

24 c John Gafogen, botcher, in melstreat 

25 c Georg Endsly, in norstreat, Glower 

26 c William mathies, Carpenter, in the 

Long Lean 
c Pair mackrorey, marinor 
29 c samull brown, Peterhill 

29 c mr James Moor, marinor 

30 c mr James m c Clure, MarChant 
July 1 c Robart m c Clelan, in skeprs lean, 

1 neuen Parker, in ye Long casa, 
Pr John Sempel, in Peter hill 

3 c Dauid Teatt, Leuing one the 

hanower kee 

4 c John fflemen, in Long Lean 

6 gc Robert mTealle, in Ross merey 

9 c James Perey, weauer, in Harcoles 

10 <: Thomas Wason, Carpenter, in Ross 

merey Lean 
10 c Mr William M'Canlie, Marinor, in 

12 c mr Handley, heall maker, in waren- 

15 c William hanna, Taylor, in Church 

15 c James boyd, in skepers Lean, 

15 c Adam Patty, Plantesion, marinor 

July 15 c Widdo m'Cartney, Plantesion 

16 John Wollson, on the kee, Pr his 

wife, Ene keper 
iS c mr John Johnston, MarChent, in 


18 c William Nutt, hatter, in Church 


19 c Georg Carsan, waterman, in Plante- 

19 c John Mean, Marinor, on ye olid 

kee, l' r his onkel, Alexr Tamson, 

19 c Robert Dallzel, Carpenter 

19 c John wharton, Church Lean, Show- 


20 c William Hanna, Taylor, in Church 


21 c John M c Dowald, Carman, Peterhill 

21 c Wido Swarbridg, in ye ffalls, Pr mr 

James Moor, in ye flails, Elder 

22 c Patreack harbert, Carpenter, in 

ye Plantesion 
24 Robert Gastowns Mother, who 
Lived at ye 4 Corners and was 
boried at Antrem, Pr hir Son 
Robert Gasken 

27 c James M c Clune, butcher, in Town 

28 olid William fferguson, at ye Clownie, 

Pr his son Georg with ye Colecter 
3 1 c John Winentown, book binder 
Agst ye if John MTaden, hatter, in Church 
3 c Rittchard ftenely, Surgen 
9 Elinor M'Crom, hoxter, Pr William 

Lason, Smith 
10 mary M'Dowald, Pr hir brother 
20 c John Teatt, Glower 
Sep 1 6 c Samull brown, Peter hill 

16 c Widdo Donelson, in ChurCh Lean 

1 7 olid widdo Arbockels, Pr mr James 

Arbockels wife 
24 mis Mash, Pr hir son mr Hugh 

Pring, marChant 
Octr 3 c William PateyCrow, Taylor 

15 c Hugh barneat, who was boried in 

sant feield 
20 Wido M c Cotchen, in Plontesion 
23 2c the Reud mr Mihel bruse 
30 Dinis ohegan 


nor 6 

mr William Sttenson, at bears 
bridg, P'' mr John Knox, Gold- 
smith, in Towin 



mr Aunger Robeson, Eall seler, 
Pr his father, John Holmbs, at 
y e Adam & Eve 

ii m 

mr John Ross, marchant, at the 



Mr John Carr, at the olid Park 



Arther Graye, shoger man with 

17 c 

Patr Agnew, marinor 

mr Pringel 


William Anderson, at the whitt 


Widd Robeson, Longlean, Pr hir 
son John Robeson, Copper 

25 c 

Andrew Harper, taner, in norstret 



Alexr Mogerland, butcher 

Desm 3 c 

mr Hugh Linn, melstret 


James M c Gee, at ye fowr Lonends 

7 w 

Dauid Loggan, in Rossmery Lean 

up melon, Pr his son Thomas 

9 c 

Hugh barnet, in Town 



ye RevJ mr [IVi/tiam] Taylor, in 


Alexr besbbe, at ye Long Casa, 

Cam Castel 

Pr his son John busbe 



John Wharton, show maker in 


William Ashfield, in ye falls 

Church Lean 


Widdo M'Dowald, at ye brurie 


Mr David Craford, in Town, Pr Mr 


Archbald m c neall, Doctor 

Janr 3 7^ 

William Lason, in Church Leam 

2 5 


Samull Ratliue, waterman 

9 m 

William Kennen, Ship Carpenter, 




Widd m c Call, liuing in Dunmory 

in Cow Lean, near the Plantesion 



John Kean, Living in melon 


mrs Potter, Pr mr Robert Arm- 



James yownge 

strong, marChent 



Widd fferall, in Peterhil 


mr Andrew Kelsay, in at the Rogh- 



mr Archabld, at the fowr Corners 

forth, in Tampelpatreck Peresh 




Robert Lowrie, Carpenter 


n.r James Park, marChant, in 
Town, Pr his brother, Arthur 



Mr Hendrie m c Culogh, in Ronolds- 
town, Pr mr m c CIure 




mr Craford, in Tempelpatrek 


Peresh, Pr William brown in Peter 



ffebr 4 

mr oahtrie m c Dowald, Tr mr John 
Holmbs and James burdges 



James M'Gefort, botenmaker, in 

9 c 

William brown, in beleygomarten 



John Picken, Carppenter, in the 


wido m'Cormeck, Pr mr Samull 


Willson, Prenter, at the Stton 



Robart Ashmor, Hatter 




Alexr M c Celie 


mr Hugh yowng, MarChant, at the 



Andrew Sloan, Taylor, Church lean 

ston bridge, Pr his brother mr 



Dauid m'neight, book binder 

Allexr yowng 


mrs boggs, Astrenger 


William m c Clenchy, in the falles 



mr Alexr Sttaford 


oil widdo m'Clelan, in scepers lean, 



John m c fferan, Taylor 

Pr mr John Chapman, marinor, in 



Doacter m c neall, Pr mr Archbald 


m c neall 

22 c 

mr James m c Clure, marChant 


mr whittfeald, shoger man, Pr mr 

27 c 

Robert Thamson, Marinor, in Mill- 

benjam Gegg and Compnie 




mr John M c Geagh, in Peterhill 

Ma>- 8 ze 

James Singeltow, weaver, in Melfel 



mr william M c Candlie, plantesion 



James Teatt, at the fforth Riuer, to 

14 c 

William Sttaford, Marioner, in 

his wife 

Clugstons Entrie 



John boald, weauer 



30 c 

iw ben jam Legg 


2 c 

mr Hendrie wharton, Showmaker, in 

30 c 

Alexr Mogerland, botcher 

Curchlean [Church Lane] 


4 c 

John M c Glahlen 

4 m 

mr Alexr m c Keney, wine Copper 


M>" Moor in Caregfergos, pr M" 

with mr beggers Seler 

Moor in Peter Hill 

14 s 

William Carson, breaklear, in Rooss- 


James M c millen, in Melon [Malone] 

mery lean 


Thomas Seadge, pr mrWilliam Ring- 

29 c 

mr Joseph Potengar 

land, Gowld Smith 


4 c 

mr William Lason, Smith, in Church- 

26 C 

mr Joseph m c mun 


29 c 

mr Georg Orr, Marinor 

12 c 

Willm browne, Linnen Laper, at the 



Wido Yeowart 

whit hows 

r 3 7t 

John ffife, Chanler in norstreat 


mr James burdges ffather in Law, 

14 <- 

Charles Gardner, marinor, at the 

Liuing in bely Easton 

Slows bridg 


Hugh Doagh, at Tempelpatrek 


Samull mittchall, in norstret 

19 c 

William Heanen, in norStreat 

22 w 

mosses Keain, marinor, pr mr John 
umpher, Scoallmaster 


mr James Whotel, in Lisburn, Pr 
mr James m c Clure, MarChant, in 



mr John Donelson, at Glenarm, pr 


mr James m c Clure MarChant in 


5 » 

John Mean, in the plantesion 



mrs Harper, in Gleanarm, Pr mr 



mr Kelsa, at the Rogh forth in 

James m c Clure, in Town 

Tampelpatrek peresh, pr mr John 


2 c 

mr Musentine, mar Chent, in Town 

Howstan, Ealseler [ale-seller] in 

5 c 

Robart dowrie, Carperter, in nor- 




mr Philop bears, near belenie ffay 


wido warkly, in Melon 

\_Ballynafeigh\ Pr mr James Read, 


4 « 

mr Hugh Donnaldson, marChait, at 

marChant in Town 

the Stton bridg 

13 a 

Allexr m c Cay, in Keper [innkeeper], 
in Norstreat 

7 c 

William Crue 

mr Ramsa, Shogerhouse 

25 ' 

mr Thomas Whittsid, Ship Carpentar 

16 c 

James Rodgers, ship Carpenter 

3 1 

John m c elmen, at the Coaue hill, pr 
his ffather David m c elmnen 


2 c 

Haigh Kelley, weaver, harklous 



William fforgeson, in Casel Reagh 


14 c 

William Endslie, Glouer, in Rosse- 

J 3 7< - 

William Trallfor, in the ftalles 

mery Lean 

19 c 

James Paterson, in the Planttesion 

16 ^ 

William Lasons, Smith, in Church 

2S a 

David wotherspon, Drumbo 



4 c 

Georg bell, weauer 


7 * 

mr Joseph Innes, in Castelreah 

1 2 

Robert brown, millwater 

1 1 

mr Gelbert mathies, in the ffales 

22 c 

mr John Ashmor, Glower 

14 7, 

William Sttaford, marinor, pr his 
brother Allexr Sttaford 



mr William Smith, in the Lope, 
Pr mr Smith, broad sttreat 


mr Ross, of Portyvow, pr mr James 

23 e 

Angas waker, seaman 




James M c Dowald, Carrman, in the 


Mrs bleair, in Town, pr mr John 


fforgeson, potegar [apothecary'] 

2O c 

John Ligget, in Long, weaver, for 


% mr James Wears, marinor, in ChurCh 

on of his ightbrs [neighbour's] 

2 1 7l 

Lowes [Leii'is] Shae, book binder 


ye ReuJ mr bruse [Rev. Michael 


Alexr park 

Bruce, Holywood, died 1st Dec] 


Desm 4 c 

Georg Endsly, Glouer 


5 -f 

mr Whitsat, in bangor, Pr mr James 


William m c Cullogh, Taylor 

m c Clure, marchant 

16 c 

Andreew Townds 

20 c 

David Layons, at stton bridg 

19 c 

John Clotworthie, far end of Church, 
brower, to nv Wallas 


Capt Craford Dunegor, Pr 

mr James burdges, marchent 

23 * 

Alexr Philleps, beaker 



Pr mr Daniel 

25 K> 


John M c Crakan, at Petershill 


r 3 

mr John Gregg in Gleneua, Pr his 

Janr 3 a 

Alexander Mogerland, batcher 

his son William Gregg in stret 


mis Woods, at fowr lonends, Pr hir 
Doghter, mrs M c Gee, in Skepers 

14 it 

James in Rogh forth in 

Tempelpatrek Parish 


2 S 

Mr John Alld, Marchent, in broad 

S * 

mr Samull M c Tear, in norstreat 

sttreat, Pr his wife 

14 OT 

Mr James hameltoun Maxwel, at 
the Drumbridg 



Mr James Weor (?), Marioner, 
Living in Church Lean 


mr John Clugston, in Town, Pr sister 
mis Elenar Clugston 


John Gregg, Junr, in Gleneua, 
Pr his brother William Gregg, 


mrs Elizabeth M c Certnay, Pr mr 

scolar, in norstreat 

Isaac M c Certnay, MarChant 


2 c 

Alexr Thampson, Malster, norstreat 

ffebr 12 ; 

Alexr Mairs, Taylor, in Clugstons 


Antoney Thoborn, Marinor, Pr his 


'3 « 

Alexr Mogerland, butcher 


Mrs Teatt, Kirk Donel, Pr mr James 

mr Shawe, in beleygely 

m c Clure 

March 4 

olid wido nickel, Pr hir Doghter, 
Doroty willson, in Ross marey 


olid mr M c Kie, in banger, Pr his 
Gran son Reud mr M c Kie, mines- 
ter in banger [i.e., Rev. James 

27 f 

William M'Clearey, beaker, in Ross- 
mery lean 

Mackay, afterwards of First Bel- 


the Reud mr Scoat, at Tampel- 

22 c 

A brothers Child of mr Hugh Linn 



mrs Ann brumly in Lurgan, Pr mr 

29 w 

mr Dallzel, the Carpenter 

Hugh Pringel, MarChent 


Mr James Ardbokels, Pr his son 
mr James Ardbokels 

2 5 

Thomas Spark, Carman, at Peter 

Apr 17 

mr John Robeson, Pr mr Hugh 

28 c 

mr John Asmor 

Pringel, MarChant 


John m c Cearts Mother in Law, in 


A Coson of mr Innes, in The 

Peter hill 



II w 

Thomas Wason, Carpenter, in Mill- 

2S c 

William Kenenan, Ship Carpenter, 


in Plantesion 

14 c 

Abrothers child of John Carter, in 

May S c 

m r John vmphres, Scollmaster 


9 c 

Robt streain, in Petershill 

19 c 

Henery Coner, at the Pownd, 


A brother son of mr Joseph Innes 


[Here the Register ends.] 



Present at a Meeting of "heads of familys & principal members," on 

Mess. Jams Adair 

William Wallace, Sen* 
S.iml Mattier, Senr 
Hugh Uonnaldson 
Doctor Haliday 
Doctor Mattier 

Wednesday, 3 Sept., 1760. 

John Ross 
Daniel Blow 
John Fivey 
John Mathers 
James Park 
William Wilson 

Samuel Mattier, Jun 
John Hay 
Captain Stewart 
Thorns M cc Ilwean 
Charles Cuningham 

At this date the Session consisted of- 

Samuel Smith John Gordon 

Samuel Mattier John Ross 

Robert Wallace 

James Magee 
John Jackson 

A standing committee to be elected annually, and act with the session, was for the first time 
appointed at this meeting, the persons chosen being — 

Mr. James Adair, Chairman 
Doctor Haliday 
Hugh Donnaldson 
Daniel Blow 
Robert Gordon 

Benjamin Legg 
Thomas Sinclair 
Captain Stewart 
John Hiy 
Joseph Wallace 

James Getty 
John Mathers 
John Gait Smith 
Charles Cunningham, 



Being the Stipend list of ist Oof, 1775. 

[The aisles &c are those of the Meeting House taken down in 1781. The Stipends range from 3d 
per month to 8s / ij^dper month; the total amount of Stipend due per month was ^13 o n^C 
(Irish currency). The list is in the handwriting of the Treasurer, John Gait Smith.] 

North Isle. 
Messrs. M c Kedy & Elder 
Mr. William Ramsey 
Mr. James Kinley 
Mr. Galon & Mr. Thompson 
Mr. Samuel Mitchall 

John Brown 
Mr. Mussenden Auld 
Mr. Samuel Wilson 
Mr. Jess Taylor 
Mr. James Dunn 
Mr. William Gregg 
Mr. James Grahams 
Mr. John Gregg 
Mr. John Campbell 
Mr. Hugh Montgomery 

South Isle. 
Mrs. Legg 
Mrs. J. Panton 
Mrs. Dougless 
Mr. James Park 
Mr. Davd Park 
Mrs. Park 
Miss Sharp 

J. G. Smith 
Mr. C. Roberts 
Miss Hamilton 
Mr. Hugh Allen 
Mr. Fr: Hamilton 
Mr. John Hamilton 
Mr. T. Sinclair 
Mrs. Hamilton 
Mrs. Gordon 
Mr. Robt Wallace 
Mr. Jos Wallace 
Mrs. Caldwell 
Mr. Wm Wilson 
Mr. James Getty 
Mr. Her: Heyland 
Mr. Is: Miller 

Wid Smith 
Mrs. Banks 
Mrs. Drennan 
Miss Bigger 

East Isle. 
Doer Mattear 
Miss Mattear's 
Mr. SamI MTier 
Mr. Jno Rainey 
Doer Haliday 
Mr. John Holmes 
Mr. Hugh M'Master 
Messrs. Scott & Armstrong 
Mrs. Donnaldson 
Mr. Fr: Hamilton 
Messrs. Wm & Jno Brown 
Mr. Apsley 

Messrs. Orr & Stevenson 
Mr. Thos MTlwean 
Mr. Thos Lyle 
Mr. Jno Hay Junr 
Mr. Jams Hughes 
Mrs. Harvey 
Mr. Wm Stewart 
Mr. Jno Hunter 
Messrs. Ewing & Brown 
Mr. Thos Greg 

North Gallery. 
Mr. John Mathers 
Mr. David Henderson 
Mr. Robt Smith 
Mr. Thos Grahams 
Mr. And: Neilson 
Mr. James Cooper 
Mr. James Magee 
Mr. D. Manson 

Jno Sykes 

Jno Robinson 

Jno Kennedy 

Messrs. Linns 
Margt Broom 

South Gallery. 
Mr. Henry Shaw 
Mr. John Dorman 
Mr. Thos Irwin 

Robt Harper 

James Robinson 

Wm Warnock 

Marthaw Patterson 
Mr. Robt M c Cleary 
Mr. Robt Herdman 

John Dunbar 

Robt Hanna 

Marth: Rice 

Alex' Kirkpatrick 

Walter Finley 

Mark Ward 
Mr. John M'Cormick 
Mr. John Wilson 
Mr. Thos M c Cabe 
Mrs. Hathron & Sisf 
Mrs. Blackwell 
Mr. Alexr M'Cormick 

Ann Brown 
Mr. Jams Perrey 

East Gallery. 
Mr. John Hay 
Mr. Dan: Blow 
Mr. C. Montgomery 

John Stewart 

Capt. Martin 
Mr. Robt Smyth 
Mr. Wm Brown 
Mr. An: Crawford 
Mr. Wm Osborn 
Mr. Row. Osborn 

Margt M c Bridge 
Mr. Jno Ward 


List of Subscribers (April, 1781) to the Building Fund of the 
present Meeting House. 


Rainey Maxwell Esq 

Mr. John Rainey 

Mr. Wm Rainey 

Doer Alexr Haliday 

Mr. John Holmes 

Mr. Thos Sinclair 

Mr. John Ewing 

Mr. Wm Brown 

Mr. John Brown 

Mr. Thos Brown 

Mr. Francis Hamilton 

Mr. Her: Heyland 

Mr. John Mathers 

Mr. Charles Roberts 

Doer John Mattear 

Miss Mattears 

Mr. Robt Stevenson 

Mr. Alexr Orr 

Mr. Wm Irwine 

Mr. James Magee 

The Wid: of Mr Henry M'Kedy 

Mr. James Stevenson 

Mr. Robert Gordon 

Mr. Francis Hamilton, Donegall 

Mr. John Gait Smith 
Mr. James Park 
Mr. William Ramsey 
Mr. James Grahams 
Mr. John Hamilton 
Mr. James Dunn & his son 

Mr. Thos Lyle 
Mr. Cath: Call well 
Mr. John Campbell 
Mr. Hugh Montgomery 
Mr. Isaac Miller 
Mr. Thos M c Cabe 
Mr. Hugh Allen 
Mr. Wm Gregg 
Mr. Hugh MTlwean 
Mr. Robt Hindman 
Mr. Saml Mattear 

Mrs. Mary Park 
Mr. Robt Thomson 
Mrs. Ann Drennan 
Mr. Joseph Wallace 
Mrs. Apsley 

Messrs. Robt & Michael Linn 
Mr. Thos Greg 
Miss Leggs 
Mr. John Cumming 
Mr. Davd Henderson 
Capt. Hugh Hathron 
Mr. Robt Smith 
Mrs. Jane Hamilton 
Mr. Rowley Osburn 
Mr. Robt M Cleary 
Mr. Samuel Mitchell 
Capt. John M c Kibbin 
Mr. Saml Stewart 
Capt. Edwd M c Cormick 
Mr. Cunningham Greg 
Capt. Steel 

The Revd Doer Crombie 
Mrs. Hamilton 
Mr. John Hay 
Mr. Davd Manson 
The gross amount was ^960 
us ij4d Irish Currency 

GREGATION (1783). 

Mr. John Cunningham 

Mr. Saml Brown 

Mr. Pat. Gaw 

Mr. Thos Millikin 

Miss Ker 

Mr. James Ferguson 

Mr. Stewart Beally 

Mr. Thos Major 

Mr. J: Luke 

Mr. Robt Wilson 

Capt. Hugh Henderson 

Mr. Dav<l Watson 

Mr. James Ferguson, Jun r 

Mr. Saml Hyde 

Mr. John Murdock 

Mr. Henry Bamber 
Mr. Thos Culbert 
Mrs. Houston 
Mr. Hugh Cairins 
The gross amount was ,£68 16s 
4j4d Irish Currency 


The Earl of Donegall 

The Earl of Bristoll with the fol- 
lowing note, 

" Lord Bristoll's compliments wait on 
Mr. Maxwell & is sorry that his 
absence from Belfast necessarily 
obliges him to trouble Mr. Maxwell 
with the above Draft, he woud 
have sent it sooner but waited for 
the welcome permission to Contri- 
bute to a Building which does equal 
honor to the taste of the Subscribers 
and the talent of the Architect." 

James Adair Esq, London 
Hugh Pringle Esq, Liverpool 
James Brown Esq, London 
Robt Stewart Esq, Newtown 

Alexr Stewart Esq, Ditto 
Hugh Johnston Esq, London 
Herculas Rowley Esq 
Right Hon.ble John O'Neill 
Thos Greg Esqre London 
Mr. Daniel M c Cormick, New 

Edw'd Jones Agnew Esq 
George Portis Esq 
Mr. John Magee, Dublin 
Stewart Banks Esq 
Daniel Mussenden Esq 
Rowley Heyland Esq 
Edward Brice Esq 
Messrs Francis Turnley & Co 
Mrs Armstrong 
Thos Batison Esq 
John Brown Esq 
John Crawford Esq, Crawfords- 

Revd Mr. Stope, Malone 



Mr. James Patterson 

Mr. James Murphy 

Mr. James Trail Kennedy 

Mr. Nath: Wilson 

Mr. Hugh Crawford 

Mr. Sutherland 

Mr. Thos Lyon 

Mr. Robt Lylburn 

Mrs. Blizard 

Mrs. Collyer 

Mr. John Robinson 

Mr. Simm 

Mr. George Darley 

Mr. Robt Knox 

Mr. Gilbert MTIvean 

Mr. John Alexander 

Messrs Moor & Emerson 

Mr. Val: Joyce 

Capt. Ch: M'Kenzie 

Mr. James Mattear 

Mr. Francis Taggart 

Capt. Robt Moor 

Mr. Barker 

Mr. Her: M c Comb 

Mr. Wm Anderson 

Capt John M c Cracken 

Capt Thos Cavan 

Mr. John Bashford 

Mr. Blizard 

Mr. John Montgomery 

Messrs Ansley & Lilly 

Mr. Auchenleck 

Mr. Ch: Salmon 

Doer John Campbell White 

Mr. Dunsmore 

Mr. Isaac Ramage 

Mr. James Clelland 

Mr. J: Bradshaw 

Mrs. Crawford, Bridge Street 

Mr. Stewart Hadkis 

Mr. A: Armstrong 

Mr. John Neilson 

Mr. Robt Carson 

Mr. John Caldwell 

Mrs. Henderson, Church Lane 

Mr. Alexr Arthur 

Mr. Henderson 

Capt Lewis Thomas 

Mr. Thos Hyde 

Mr. John Scott 

Mr. Phelps 

Mr. Samuel Ashmore 

Mr. Elliots 

Mr. Wm Stevenson 

Mr. John Montgomery 

Mr. Wm Brecon 

Mr. James M c Grigor, Glasgow 

Mr. Wm Boyle 

Mr. M c Crum 

Mr. Robt Joy 

Mr. Charles Gaine 

M>. MTlroth 

Mr. Robt Scott 

Mr. William Burgess 

Mr. Hugh Johnston 

Mr John Goddard 

Mr. Henry Joy 

Mr. Hudson 

Mr. John Boyle 

Doer James Ferguson 

Mr. Hamil 

Mr. Charles Britts 

Mr. Alexr Blackwell 

Mr. Richd Seeds 

Mr. Robt Wilson 

Mr. James Suffern 

Mr. Archd Scotts 

Mr. James Montgomery 

Mr. Thos Hardin 

Mr. St. John Stewart 

Wad: Cunningham, Esq 

Mr. John Smyth 

Mr. Hugh Hindman 

Capt James Bristow 

Mr. Joseph Stevenson 

Mr. S: Ferguson 

Davd Conyngham Esq 

Mr. Wm Wilson, Apothacary 

Mr. Mattear, Castle Street 

Mr M c Aully, Brickmaker 

Mr. Robt Getty 

Mr. Allen Searson 

The gross amount was ^714 3s. 

Mr. Francis Savage 

Mr. James M c Kane 

8d. Irish currency 

The Ladys of Belfasi 

Mrs. Collyer 
Mrs. D: Cunyngham 
Mrs. Holmes 
Mrs. Saml Holmes 
Mrs. Jno Hamilton 
Mrs. Patrick 
Mrs. Dobbs 
Mrs. Caldwell 
Mrs. Jno Brown 
Mrs. Thos Brown 
Mrs. Tomb 
Miss Joy 
Miss Dunbar 


Mrs. Portis 
Mrs. J. Park 
Mrs. M. Park 
Mrs. Allen 
Mrs. Irwine 
Mrs. M. A. Harrison 
Mrs. Doer Mattear 
Mrs. Haliday 
Miss Greg 
Miss Banks 
Mrs. W. Cunningham 
Mrs. Robt Thomson 
Mrs. Robt Gordon 
Mrs. Pottinger 

for the New Pulpit, 

Miss Lydia Smith 
Mrs. J. G. Smith 
Mrs. Donnaldson 
Mrs. Hugh Allen 
Mrs. Stewarts 
Mrs. Lyle 
Mrs. Ferguson 
Mrs. Hamilton 
Mrs. Magee 
Miss Fivey 
Miss Sharp 

The gross amount was ^39 4s. 
io|d Irish currency 



From Dr. Bruce's Manuscript. 


Robert M c Cleary 

Rtchd Getgood, Rosemary Lane 

Wm Mulrea, Church Lane 

John Robinson 

Miss Allen, Mill Gate 

Arthur Thompson 

Miss M c Dowell, High Street 

Robt Smith, Bridge Street 

Robt Wilson, Parade 

Stewart Beatty, Hercules Lane 

Mrs. Graham ) ^^ 

Jno C. Graham J 

Hugh Montgomery, Linenhall 

Samuel Brown, High Street 
James Dunn \ Dal Street 
David Dunn ) 
Dr. Mattear, High Street 
Miss Mattears ) Cunningham's 
S. MTier J R<™ 

James Magee ) £rU ^ 
Wm Magee I 
Mrs. Callwell \ 
John Callwell V Bridge Street 
Robert Callwell i 
Thos Milliken, Donegal Street 
Jno Gregg, Waring Street 
Capt H. Henderson, Hanover 

Robt Thompson, Mile Wafer 
Mrs. Donaldson, Bridge Street 
Miss Bigger } Hercules 

Miss J. Hamilton j Lane 
Thos Lyle, High Street 
James Ferguson, Woodville 
Alexr Orr, Linenhall Street 
Robert Stevenson, Donegal 

John Campbell, Ann Street 
Mrs. Park, High Street 
James Stevenson, Chichester 

Rowland Osborne \ 
R Osborne, J r > Church Lane 
W. Osborne J 

Mrs. M'Kedy, High Street 
Samuel Mitchell, Ann Street 
Capt J. M c Kibbin, Chichester 

David Manson, Donegal Street 
Thos Sinclair, Mill Street 
\V. Sinclair, Do 
Will. Nichol, Pottinger's Entry 
David Watson, Bridge Street 
Dr. Haliday, Castle Street 
Mrs. Drennan, Donegal Street 
J. Ewing, Belfast Bank 
Edwd M c Cormick, Chichester 


Jno Cumming, Ann Street 

Jno Hunter, Church Lane 

Miss Hays, ) „ . , „, , 
3 ' r Bridge Street 

Robt M c Cleary / 

Jno Hamilton, Belfast Bank 

Mrs. Crombie, Donegal Street 

Rainey Maxwell \ 

Jno Rainey V Greenville 

W. Rainey J 

Thos Greg 

Cun. Greg 

Robt Gordon, Parade 

D. Gordon, Linenhall Street 

W. Brown, Waring Street 

Jno Brown, Linenhall Street 

Thos Brown, Waring Street 

Jno Oakman 

W. Oakman, Waring Street 

Mrs. Allen, Linenhall Street 

Jno Mathers, Waring Street 

Chas Roberts, Waring Street 

W. Irwin, Ann Street 

Mrs. Hyde, Parade 

Isaac Miller, Bridge Street 

Miss Legg, ^™/"* Street 

Capt. Steel, Waring Street 

Robt Montgomery, Arthur Street 

Hugh Kairns, Pa> kmount 

Mrs. Jackson, Waring Street 

Mrs. Joy, Linenhall Street 

Mrs. Haven, Hercules Lane 

Gaze's Place 

■ High Street 

Linenhall Street 

High Street 

Capt. Scott, High Street 

Mrs. W. Blackwell, Donegal Street 

Mrs. Rabb, Rosemary Lane 

Robt Herdman, Ann Street 

Jno Murdoch, Bridge Street 

Robt Linn, Skipper s Lane 

P. M'Master, High Street 

Wm Ramsey, Zfij// Street 

Mrs. Kenley, i?3g* £/«•««/ 

J as Luke, Donegal Street 

Jno Holmes, Belfast Bank 

Jno G. Smith, High Street 

Mrs. Park 

Miss Sharp 

Miss Eliz: Apsley, Castle Street 

Mrs. Houston 

Jno Houston . 

Geo. Bamber ) 

Miss Bamber J 

Simon M r Creery, North Street 

J as Ferguson, North Sheet 

Robt Hodgson, North St,eet 

Robt Patterson, Bridge Street 

J as Holmes, Donegal Street 

Mark Ward, High Street 

Mrs. Mills, Caddie's Entry 

Mrs. Wills, Rosemary Lane 

Jas Mason, New Brewery 

Wm Wilson, Donegal Street 

Jas Hyndman, /%/* Street 

Robt Major 

Jno Thompson 

Jas Davidson 

Al. M c Gregor 

Geo. Knox 

Jas Glancy Jan 12 1791 

David Mattear, Castle Street 

J. M c Donnell, Bridge Street 

E. Cochran 

Jas Brown 

Mrs. Robinson 

Jno Thomson, yenneymount 

J. Graham 

Jas Patterson 

Thos Graham 



[The pew numbers (G = Gallery) and addresses are added from Rev. W. Bruce's Manuscript, 1812.] 

Belfast, 1st June, 1S12. 
ANNEXED you have the names of the Members of the First Dissenting 
Congregation who pay Stipend. An Election of a Committee for one year, 
will take place in the Meeting-House, on Sunday the 7th inst. immediately 
after the Evening Service, when you are requested to come prepared with Lists. 
The present Committee are marked thus * 





G 7 

G 7 

Mrs. Allen, Donegal! Place 

Wm. Armstrong, Donegall Street, aftetw. at 
North St 

Allen Barklie, Donegall Street 

Mrs. Batt, Donegall Place 

Miss Bigger, Castle Street, corner of Chapel 

*Alexr. Black, High Street 

Henderson Black, Donegall Square East 

Mathew Black, Bridge Street 

Mrs. Blackwell, Donegall Street 

James Blair, Merville 

Samuel Brown, Donegall Street 

Mrs. Brown, King Street 

James Burden, Falls 

Miss Cairns, York Street 

Robt. Callwell, Chichester Street 

Ernest Cochran, Wilson's Court 

Arthur Crawford, Donegall Street 

John Cunningham, Castle Street, after w. at 
Chapel Lane 

James Davison, North Street 

John Davison, Donegall Street 
^Robert Delap, Quay 

Mrs. Doolittle, Anne Street, at Reici's. 

James Douglass, Donegall Place 

Dr. Drennan, Cabin Hill 

Miss Drennan 

J. & R. Dunn 

Mrs. Durham, M. Row 
*John Ewing, Macedon 

Miss Fleming 

Thos. Ferguson, Legg's Lane 

Thos. Garrett, Donegall Street 


G 5 


G 6 

G 2 

John Gillies 

Robt. & A. Gordon 

John Graham 

Jas. Grainger, Anne Street 

Cunningham Greg, Donegall Place 

Miss Greg, Donegall Place 
*John Gregg, Castle Street 

Dr. Haliday, Clifton 

John Hamilton, Donegall Place 

Robt. Hamilton, Wilson's Court 

Robert Herdman, Butler Market 

John Heron, Donegall Street 

Miss Hevin, Arthur Street 

Robt. Hodgson, High Street 
*John Holmes, Donaghadee 

John Holmes, Jun. 
*John H. Houston, Greenville 

James Hyndman, Donegall Street 

Mrs. A. Hyndman 
*Henry Joy, Donegall Square North 

Mrs. Kearns, Anne Street 

Mrs. Kenley, Castle Strut 

Mrs. Law, Donegall Street 

Mrs. Luke, North Street 

Thos. Lyle, High Street 
*VVilliam Magee, Lodge 

Miss Mattear, Castle Street 

Mrs. Mattear, High Street 

John Martin, 14, Anne Street 

Miss Miles, Rosemary Street 

Gawn Montgomery, L. George Street 

Henry Montgomery, Bridge Street 
*Hugh Montgomery, Benvarden 

James Montgomery, Bank Buildings 



James Montgomery, High Street 



Robert Montgomery, Sandymount 


Gl 4 

Arthur Moreland, Cornmarket, afterw. 


at Cromac 



William Mulrea, Bridge Street, afterw. 

G 1 

at High Street 

G 1 


George M'Adam 

G 1 


*James M - Adam, High Street 



John M'Adam, High Street 

G 3 

5 2 

Miss M'Aulay, Castle Street 



Hugh M'Calmont, Abbey Lands 



Mrs. M 'CI eery, Smithfield 



Robert M'Cluney, High Street 



Dr. M'Gee, North Street 



Gilbert M'llveen, Castlesburn 



Miss M'Kedy, York Street 

G 10 


David M'Tier, Hazle Bank 


G 7 

Mrs. M'Tier, South Parade 



William Napier, Back of the River 


G 9 

William Nichol, Skipper's Lane 



James Orr, South Parade 



James Park, Bally Macarret 



James Patterson 



John Patterson, High Street 


Miss Patterson, Castle Street 


G 16 

*Robert Patterson, High Street 

G 18 


William Radcliffe, Noith Street 



James Ramsey, Donegal! Street 

1 9 

Samuel Rankin 



John Riddel, High Street 


G u 

Miss Robinson, High Street 


John Russel, New Forge 

William Russel, Edenderry 

Jordan Rutherford, Church Street 

Mrs. Seed, Donegall Square North 

John Sinclair, Donegall Place 

Mrs. Sinclair, Donegall Place 

Thomas Sinclair, Donegall Place 

George Sloan, Arthur Street 

John Sloan, Donegall Place 

Edward Smith, Auchinbrach 

John G Smith, High Street 

Miss Smith, South Parade 

Mrs. Smith, John Street 

Samuel Smith, Woodville 

James Stevely, Waring Street 

David Storm on t 

Christ. Strong, Anna's Cottage 

Campbell Sweeney, South Parade 

Arthur Thompson, Back of the River 

John Thomson, Jenneymount 

Dr. Thompson, Castle Street 

Robert Telfair, County 

Robert Telfair Jun., Prince's Street 

William Telfair 

William Tennent, Hercules Street 

John Ward, Arthur Street 

George Whitla, Donegal! Street 

William John Whitla, Donegall Street 

Miss Wills, High Street, Pottinger's Entry 

Mrs. Wilson, Castle Street 

Mrs. Wilson, Long Lane 


At the beginning of the Ministry of Rev. J. Scott Porter. 

[The list, with addresses, is from the Minute Book ; the pew numbers are from the printed list of 1833.] 

Hugh W. Armstrong, College Square 

Mrs. Armstrong, College Square 

George Bamber, Mr. P. Quin's, High St. 

Allen Barklie, Donegall Street 

Mrs. Batt, Purdysbum 

Alexr. Black 

Matthew Black, Bridge Street 

Mrs. Blackwell, Dromore 

Thos. Blain, Chichester Street 

Cunningham Boyd, Fort Breda 

John Boyd, Fort Breda 

66 William Boyd, Fort Breda 

68 William Boyd, Jr., Arthur Street 
63 James Bristow, Castle Street 

63 Joseph Bristow, Castle Street 
63 William Bristow, Donegall Square So 
14 Saml. Bruce, Chichester Street 
Dr. Burden, Alfred Street 

69 Miss Burden, Alfred Street 
John Caird, College Square 

18 Robert Callwell, Wellington Place 
1 James Carruthers, Newtonbreda 


G 22 




G 19 


G 8 
G 9 


G 10 

G 5 


G 3 



Thos. Chirmside, Bridge Street and College 

Chas. Creek, North Street 
Barber Cunningham, Rosemary Street 
Mrs. James Cunningham, Chichester Street 
John Cunningham, Queen Street 
Thos. Cunningham, Mill Street 
John Currel, Linen Hall and Murray 

James Davison, Sandy Row 
Robert Delap, James Street 
Mrs. C. Dickey, Myrtlefield 
Mrs. Drennan, Arthur Street 
Lenox Drennan, Arthur Street 
Miss Dunn, Donegall Street 
Miss Margaret Dunn, Donegall Street 
Miss Ferguson, Castle Place 
Mrs. Ferguson, Chichester Street 
William Ferguson, Ferguson's Entry, High 

F. D. Finlay, Whig Office and King Street 
Thomas Garrett, Cromac 
Miss Gelston, Arthur Street 
Miss Grainger, Anne Street 
Robert Hamilton, Wilson's Court 
John Harpur, Great George's Street 
John Hartley, Gloucester Street 
Misses Haven, Arthur Street 
John Heron, Queen Street 
Rev. T. D. Hincks, Royal Institution 
John Hodgson, High Street 
Robert A. Hodgson, High Street 
John Holmes Houston, Orangefield 
Geo. C. Hyndman, Castle Place 
Henry Joy, Donegall Square North 
Mrs. Kearns, Anne Street 
John Kennedy, Tomb Street 
James Luke, Chichester Street 
Samuel Luke, York Street 
John Machan, North Street 
Mrs. Malcom, York Street 
John Martin, Donegall Square East 
Mrs. Mason 

James M'Adam, High Street 
John M'Adam, Donegall Street 
Hugh M'Calmont, Abbey Lands 
Robert M'Cluney, Chichester Street 
Alexr. M'Donnell, Skipper Street 
Alexr. M'Donnell, Jr., Skipper Street 


G 6 








G 4 

G 4 

Mrs. M'Gee, North Street 

Miss M'Gee, North Street 

Miss M. A. M'Gee, North Street 

Miss M'Kedy, York Street 

Miss A. M'Kedy, York Street 

Miss C. M'Kedy, York Street 

Miss J. M'Kedy, York Street 

Miss M. M'Kedy, York Street 

David Matear, Hazel Bank 

Miss Matear, Donegall Square North 

Mrs. Matear, Donegall Square North 

Alexander Mitchell, Ballymacarret 

Francis Montgomery, Queen's Street 

Misses Montgomery, Queen's Street 

Rev. H. Montgomery, Royal Institution 

James Montgomery, A rthur Street 

James Montgomery, High Street 

John Montgomery, Beer's Bridge Cottage 

Mrs. Montgomery, Beer's Bridge Cottage 

Mrs. Montgomery, Donegall Square North 

Mrs. Montgomery, Donegall Square South 

Mrs. Montgomery, Union Place 

Robert Montgomery, Donegall Square 

Alexr. Moreland, Anne Street 
Arthur Moreland, Cromac 
Thomas Moreland, Hercules Street 
P. L. Munster, James Street 
Mrs. Napier, Wellington Place 
Miss Patterson, Castle Street 
Robert Patterson, High Street 
William Patterson, High Street 
John Riddel, High Street 
Miss Riddel, Mrs. Savage's, Chichester 

Miss M. Riddel, High Street 
Mrs. Rowan, Merville 
John Russel, 10 Cromac Place 
John Russel, New Forge 
William Russel, Edenderry 
John Sinclaire, Donegall Place 
Miss Sinclaire, Alfred Street 
Thos. Sinclaire, Wellington Place 
George Sloan, Chichester Street 
John E. Sloan, Queen Street 
Edward Smith, Linen Hall and Donegall 

John Gait Smith, High Street 
Miss Smith, Donegall Square 




Joseph Smyth, High Street 
James Staveley, Waring Street 
James Staveley, Junr., Waring Street 
Miss Stevenson, Donegall Place 
David Stormont, Sandy Row 
Mrs. Telfair, Chichester Street 
William Tennent, Hercules Place 
Saml. Thomson, M.D., Castle Street 

F. D. Ward, Coleraine 

41 John Ward, College Square 

41 Marcus Ward, Gloucester Street 

G 20 William White, Bridge Street 

64 Francis Whitla, Donegall Square North 

64 Vale. Whitla, Donegall Square North 

G 27 Thomas Williamson, Barrack Street 

G 21 John Wilson, Union Place 

[At the time of the Call to Rev. A. Gordon.] 


Allen, YV. J. C. 


Cronne, James 

r 5 

Hamilton, W. T. 


Andrews, Mrs. 


Cunningham, J. (Repre- 


Harland, E. J. 


Armstrong, Mrs. 

sentatives of) 

l 5 

Hill, A. C. 


Arthur, Miss M. 


Davison, John 


Hill, Rev. George 

r 8 

Baird, Samuel 


Dickson, Mrs. 


Hinchey, William 


Baxter, Mrs. 


Dickson, R. 


Home, Wm. 


Baxter, R. 


Dixon, Mrs. 


Johnston, Alexander 


Bixter, W. 

G 10 

Drennan, John, M.D. 


Kennedy, John 


Bell, Mrs. 


Drennan, Lenox 


King, Mrs. 


Bell, Richard, Jr. 


Drummond, Mrs. 


Kirker, Archibald 


Benn, George 


Dugan, J. J. 


Kirkpatrick, Mrs. 


Blackley, Mrs. 


Dunn, John 

G 5 

Laird, Marshall 


Bowles, Charles 


Dunn, Miss 


Lawson, John 


Bowring, Miss 

G 19 

Ferguson, Miss 


Ledlie, Mrs. G. 


Boyd, Mrs. 

G 19 

Ferguson, Miss J. 


Leslie, James 


Boyd, R. (Representa- 


Forsythe, Mrs. 


L' Estrange, Thomas 

tives of) 


Gamble, Mrs. 


Little, Frederick 


Briggs, Henry 


Gault, John 

G 29 

Lowry, Mrs. 


Bruce, Henry 

G 5 

Gawn, James 

G 9 

Lyle, Hugli 


Bruce, James 

G 28 

Gibson, Robert 


MacAdam, R S. 


Bruce, Mrs. 


Goldstein, Mrs. 


M'Aneaney, Miss 


Bruce, Miss 


Gordon, Alex., M.D. 


M'Caul, Joseph 


Bruce, Miss J. E. 


Gordon, Thomas 


M-Caw, Alex. 


Burden, Dr. H. 

G 7 

Graham, James 

G 6 

M Caw, James F. 


Campbell, John 

G 16 

Graham, Thomas 


M'Clenaghan, James 


Campbell, N. A. 


Graham, W. 


M'Cloy, Joseph 


Campbell, Miss 

G 9 

Graham, W., junr. 


M'Cracken, R. 


Campbell, William 


Gray, James A. 


MCrum, Robert 


Carlisle, John 


Gray, Mrs. 


M'Ervel, E. J. 


Carr, James 


Greer, Mrs. 


M'F.rvel, James 


Carruthers, Miss 


Greer, W. H. 


M'Ervel, Thomas 


Carruthers, Miss J. 


Haffern, William 


M'Fadden, James 


Cavan, James 

G 16 

Hall, Samuel 


M'Fadden, Mrs. 


Charnock, Mrs. 

G 16 

Hall, William 


M'Fadden, W. H. 


Creighton, Mrs. 

Gi 3 

Hamill, James 


M'Gee, Miss 



M'Keag, Miss 


Musgrave, J. R. 


Rowland, Mrs. 


M'Keen, John 


Neeson, Mrs. 


Russell, J. W. 


M'Kinstry, Miss 


Nelson, John 


Scott, Miss 


M'Loughlin, Miss 


Notcutt, Miss 


Sherrard, Misses 


M-Mullen, Elizabeth 


Oakman, Nicholas 


Sinclair, George 


M 'Murray, Thomas 


Palmer, Benjamin 


Smith, George K. 


M'Ninch, James Watt 

G 12 

Palmer, James 


Smith, J. Gait 


M'Ninch, Joseph 

G 12 

Palmer, Miss Susan 


Smyth, Brice, M.B. 


M'Ninch, Robert 


Patterson, Mrs. 


Smyth, Miss 


M'Ninch, William 


Patterson, D. C. 


Smyth, Miss A. J. 

G S 

M Quitty, Thomas 


Patterson, E. F. 


Smyth, Mrs. H. C. 


M'Tear, David 


Patterson, R. L. 


Spackman, William 


M'Tear, George 


Patterson, W. H. 


Steen, Henry 


M'Tear. J. S. 


Porter, Andrew M., Q.C. 


Stevenson, James 


M'Tear, Miss 


Porter, Hon. Wm. 


Stewart, Miss 


M'Tear, Miss F. M. 


Quee, Patrick 


Stewart, Misses 


M'Tear, Miss A. C. 


Rankin, Mrs. 

G 8 

Stewart, Thomas 


M'Tear, Miss E. 


Rice, Mrs. Jane 


Taylor, A. O'D. 


Mairs, Thomas 


Riddel, Hill 


Templeton, Robert 


Major, James 


Riddel, Samuel 


Thomas, H. F. 


Malcolm, Mrs. A. G. 


Riddel, William 


Thompson, John 


Malcolm, Bowman 


Riddel, Miss 


Thompson, Miss 


Malcolm, Mrs. 


Riddel, Miss I. 


Thompson, Robert 


Malcolm, W. H. 


Riddel, Mrs. E. 


Thompson, Thomas 


Martin, David 


Ritchie, Thomas 

G 14 

Todd, Miss M. C. 

G 9 

Mateer, John 

G 18 

Robb, Alex. 


Ward, F. D. 


Maxwell, Miss 

G 11 

Roberts, Walter 


Ward, John 


May, Mrs. 


Robertson, William 


Ward, Mrs. 


Moore, James 


Roche, Mrs. 


Watson, Miss Anna 


Mulligan, Mrs. 


Roddy, Hugh 


Whitla, Miss 


Murray, Henry 


Rogers, John 


Williamson, James 


Murray, Robert 


Rogers, Thomas 


Williamson, Joseph 


Patrick Adair (p. 54). 

According to the MS. Sketches of the History 
of Presbyterians in Ireland, by William 
Campbell, D.D., 1S03, Patrick Adair mar- 
ried Margaret, daughter of Rev. Robert 
Cunningham, of Holy wood, and sister of 
Rev. James Cunningham, of Antrim. She 
must have been his first wife, as Campbell 
states that she was the mother of William 
Adair, afterwards minister of Antrim. 
Campbell is not always accurate ; but inas- 
much as he was himself minister of Antrim 
(1759-64), his statement is of some weight. 

If it be correct, Patrick Adair was thrice 

Samuel Bryan (p. 54). 

He was chaplain at least as early as 1664, 
for in 1666 he was paid £fio for two years' 
salary {Benn, i. 149). In 1667 he became 
minister of Cooke Street, Dublin. He died 
at Chester [Armstrong's Appendix, p. 86). 

John M'Bride (p. 54). 

He was called to Ayr in June 1691. He 
supplied the Blackfriars or College Church, 
Glasgow, from 12th March, 1705, returning 
to Belfast after 5th January, 1703. 


[636. nth August. — Conference in Belfast Church 
between Henry Leslie, Bishop of Down 
(assisted by Bramhall, Bishop of Derry), 
and five Presbyterian ministers, on the 
points at issue between the prelates and 
the nonconforming clergy. 

[642. June. — Army eldership erected in Belfast. 
Subsequently, Rev. John Baird appointed 
to preach there every third Sabbath (Adah's 
Nan\, pp. 96, 100). 

[644. July. — Supplication presented from "many 
in Belfast" for erecting a session, and 
Patrick Adair appointed to perform that 
duty (Chr. Moderator, 1826, p. 353). 
,, Tnomas Theaker, sovereign, states (iSth 
July) that all the free commoners of 
Belfast, "except a very few," had taken 
the covenant, and that there was a 
session of about 20 elders and 4 deacons 
(Ban, i. no). 

1646. September. — Anthony Shaw ordained at 
Belfast (Scott's Fasti). 

1649. Lieut.-Colonel Wallace, elder, appointed 
governor of Belfast (Adair, p. 16S). 
„ John Milton stigmatises the Presbyterians, 
who protested (15th Feb.) against the 
execution of Charles I., as " that un- 
christian synagogue of Belfast." 
„ Anthony Shaw upbraids Montgomery (June) 
before his officers for betraying the cause 
of the covenant, by supplanting Wallace, in 
virtue of a commission from Charles II. 
(Adair, p. 169). 
„ Shaw removes to Colmonell, Ayshire; he 
is said to have been succeeded by Read. 



650-60. During these years there is no trace of 
Presbyterian church government in Belfast; 
from 1650 to 1656 the church was turned 
into a fort. In September, 1657, Rev. 
William Dix, who in 1654 had been ap- 
pointed by the Cromwellian Government 
to preach in Belfast, was forcibly pulled 
out of the pulpit by Rev. Henry Livingston, 
of Drumbo, acting under the authority of 
the Presbytery (Bam, i. 136, 139-141, 

Rev. William Keyes settles in Belfast, the 
first of an unbroken line of ministers. 
Keyes began to preach at Carrickfergus 
every other Lord's Day, after the removal 
of Rev. Timothy Taylor (Independent) to 

In this year, says Adair, Presbyterians " began 
in divers places to build preaching houses, 
and there met publicly." 

. December. — Carrickfergus congregation ap- 
plied to the Antrim Meeting to settle Keyes 
exclusively with them. 

19th February. — Keyes was ordered by the 
Antrim Meeting to go and live in Belfast, 
which he did, on a promised stipend of 
;£6o a-year. 
„ July. — Keyes was sent by the Antrim Meeting, 
at the request of Dublin Presbytery, to 
supply Bull Alley Congregation, Dublin, 
and remained there till December. [The 
date, " December, 1673," on p. 53, should 
be "December, 1672."] 
673. January. — William Muir, Michael Briggart, 
and John Briggart appeared at the Antrim 




Meeting as commissioners from Belfast, to 
oppose the removal of Keyes to Dublin. 

1673. April. — The Committee of all the Meetings 

(at this time there was no General Synod) 
confirmed the removal of Keyes to Dublin. 
Messrs. Anderson and Chalmers, commis- 
sioners from Belfast, appealed to the Antrim 
Meeting against this decision, but in vain. 
(Extract from Minutes of Antrim Meeting.) 
„ 7th May. — Keyes expressed to the Antrim 
Meeting his unwillingness to remove to 
Dublin, and intimated the dissatisfaction of 
Lady Donegall in the matter of his trans- 
portation. The Meeting allowed him to 
stay a few days longer in Belfast, and 
directed Patrick Adair to communicate with 
Lady Donegall, through Samuel Bryan, her 

1674. 6th January. — The Antrim Meeting ap- 
pointed Revs. Thomas Hall, of Lame, and 
Robert Cunningham, of Ballycarry, "to 
wait upon my Lord and Lady Donegall 
upon advertisement from the people of 
Belfast, and to represent to those noble 
persons the sad condition of that place by 
want of a settled minister, and deal with 
them for the people's liberty to choose 
whom they pleased, with the Meeting's 
consent, according to principles owned by 
us, which, if they refuse to grant, the 
brethren aforesaid are to leave the obstruc- 
tion of the planting of that place at their 

„ 3rd February. — Nothing seems to have been 
done, and the Belfast people are advised to 
make the first application, through Bryan. 

,, 3rd March. — John Adam, merchant, appeared 
a? commissioner from Belfast, and said the 
people had made application. Hall and 
Cunningham were appointed "to repair to 
Belfast, and then, after conference with the 
most judicious of the elders, to make ad- 
dress unto my Lord and Lady Donegall — 
(1) proposing to them the desire of the 
people of Belfast to have a minister settled 
among them ; and that as the brethren are 
ready to concur with them for their supply 
upon their unanimous call, so they humbly 
hope their honours will be pleased in that 

affair to let that people have their liberty as 
other people have, as to their free choice, 
according to principles owned among us ; 
(2) and if, after conference with the elders 
and mature consideration, it be found ex- 
pedient to move anent the House of 
Worship, they shall humbly represent to 
them what weighty reasons make for the 
people having their liberty as other con- 
gregations have, without irritation, so far as 
possible." [This is the earliest known 
reference to a Presbyterian Meeting-house 
in Belfast; it seems to imply that such a 
building was in existence, but under the 
control of the Earl of Donegall ] 
[674. 7th April. — Hall and Cunningham reported 
that they had fulfilled their commission, and 
that the Countess of Donegall "promised 
that she should be no hindrance of the 
settling of a godly minister in Belfast; but 
she advised the brethren to forbear making 
any address to my Lord at this time, but to 
leave it upon the people of Belfast to make 
application to his Lordship." [Probably, 
this last reference is to the question of the 
free use of the Meeting-house.] 

,, 21st April. — Two commissioners (not named) 
from Belfast reported that "they have a 
favourable answer" from Lord Donegall; 
"and further, they represent unto the 
Meeting that the representatives of that 
congregation have fixed their eyes upon Mr. 
Patrick Adair, and that they were appointed 
by the said representatives to come to the 
meeting for advice." The Meeting deferred 
consideration of the matter, after laying 
before the commissioners "the difficulties 
that appear." 

„ On 26th May, William Moore and Alexander 
Arthur appeared as commissioners from 
Belfast, and reported "that although they 
have not as yet a call in readiness for Mr. 
Adair, yet they have not laid that business 

,, 7th July. — "Several persons commissioned" 
brought a call from Belfast to Patrick 
Adair. The consideration was deferred till 
next meeting. Adair declared himself 
" unclear to be loosed from Cairncastle." 


1674. 4th August. — The decision was referred to 
"the advice of the rest of the Meetings." 
„ 1st September. — Rev. Robert Henry, of 
Carrickfergus, clerk of the Meeting, re- 
ports that Down Meeting was for, and 
Route Meeting against, the removal of 
„ 13th October. — The clerk reports that Lnggan 
and Tyrone Meetings are for the removal. 
The Antrim Meeting accordingly " did at 
length proceed to a vote, which is, that in 
consideration of the greater good of the 
Church in the North of Ireland, and the 
considerable unanimity of the rest of the 
meetings for said transportation, they judge 
Mr. P. Adair now called by the providence 
of God to serve in the ministry at Belfast." 
They placed the call in his hands, en- 
joining " him and his family with the first 
convenience to repair to Belfast.'' (Extracts 
from Minutes of An/rim Meeting; compare 
Benn, i. 400-1; Christian Unitarian, 1865, 
PP- IS3-4) 

1689. 1 2th January. — Adair was appointed one of 
two "commissioners from the Presbyterian 
ministers of the Nonh to wait on the Prince 
of Orange before he was proclaimed king, 
to congratulate him on his safe arrival, and 
encourage him in the great enterprise he 
had in view." (Christian Moderator, 1826, 
P 3S4-) 

1691. 30th September. — At Coleraine was held 
the earliest meeting of General Synod of 
which there are minutes (probably the 
second meeting). Adair was present, being 
the senior member of the Presbytery of 
Antrim ; there was no elder from Belfast. 

1693. James Stewart presented a silver communion 
cup "to the Meeting-house of Belfast." 

1694. Early in the year Patrick Adair died, being 
nearly 70 years of age. 

„ William Crawford, sovereign of Belfast, in- 
duced the two printers, Patrick Neill and 
his brother-in-law, James Blow, to settle in 
Belfast, and entered into partnership with 
them. All three were members of this 
congregation. (Benn, i. pp. 425 sq. 735; 
Kirkpatrick, p. 421.) Crawford had been 
elected burgess on 24th March, 1686 ; he 

was elected M.P. for Belfast in 1703 and 

1694. 5th June. — Meeting of General Synod at 
Antrim. As commissioners from Belfast 
appeared William Crawford, sovereign, 
David Smith, burgess, with others, de- 
siring " that the Synod would countenance 
their call for the transportation of Mr. John 
M'Bride from Clare to them." The Synod 
referred the whole business to the Presby- 
tery of Down. (Extracts from Min. General 

„ 3rd October. — John M'Bride was installed at 
Belfast, by Rev. William Adair. (Christian 
Moderator, 1826, p. 309.) 

1695. About this time a Meeting-house was built 
for M'Bride on a new site, in Rosemary Lane. 

1697. 2nd June. — M'Bride was chosen moderator 
of the General Synod at Antrim by plurality 
of votes out of a list of six. At this Synod 
the Antrim Presbytery was dissolved, and 
Belfast was placed in the new Presbytery of 
Belfast. The Presbyteries of Down, Belfast, 
and Tyrone were formed into a Sub-synod, to 
meet twice a-year, on the first Tuesday of 
November and May. William Ada : r was 
allowed forty shillings out of the tegium 
donum " for defraying what expenses he has 
been at to an amanuensis" in copying out 
" his father's collection, containing a history 
of this Church from the year 1625 to the 
year 1670." [This was Patrick Adair's 
True Narrative, first published by Dr. \V. D. 
Killen, 1866.] "In case a bill from England 
be sent to this kingdom in favour of our 
legal liberty, that then Messrs. William 
Adair and John M"Bride attend the Parlia- 
ment of Dublin, in case one sit, to agent 
our affairs." (Ex. Min. Gen. Syn.) 

., This year M'Bride published Animadversions, 
ere., being a defence of toleration for Non- 
conformists without a sacramental test. 

1698. Thomas Craford presented a silver com- 

munion cup to the Presbyterian congregation 
of Belfast. 
,, 10th Oct. — M'Bride was examined at Dublin 
Castle on the subject of his synodical 
sermon, preached 1st June at Antrim, and 
published. A point raised was that he was 


described in the title-page as " minister of 
Belfast." He was dismissed without censure, 
and with an advice to "carry rectably to- 
wards the Established Church." (Killeiis 
Reid, ii. 476 sq.) 
1700. During the illness of Fairfoul, curate to Rev. 
James Echlin, vicar of Belfast, M'Bride and 
his elders made up a sum of ^5, which was 
presented to Fairfoul by M'Bride. (Kirk- 
patrick, p. 442.) 

1702. 3rd June. — The General Synod at Antrim 
revised the arrangement of Sub-synods, 
placing the Presbyteries of Down, Belfast, 
and Antrim in a new Sub-synod, "to be 
riesig led the Synod of Belfast." (Ex. Mitt. 
Gen. Syn.) 

„ This year M'Bride published, anonymously, 
A Vindication of Marriage, as solemnised by 
Presbyterians, 6-v. 

1 703. 1st June. — At an interloquitur of the General 
Synod at Antrim, " Mr. John McBride was 
required his reason why he, with advice of 
Belfast Presbytery, advised this Synod to 
meet here at this time, the former Synod 
having appointed the second Tuesday of 
July ; to which he answered, that the Parlia- 
ment of England and the Government here 
having enjoined an oath which reaches us, 
and the time appointed for taking said oath 
being the first of August at farthest, and 
this Synod not to meet till July, to which 
time it referred their meeting, there had not 
been sufficient time for a due concerting so 
momentous a matter; therefore he, with 
Belfast Presbytery, judged it advisable that 
the Synod should meet now ; which reasons, 
being now considered, were by this inter- 
loquitur sustained as relevant." This oath 
was the Abjuration Oath, which M'Bride 
and five other Irish Presbyterian ministers 
declined to take for two reasons: (1) it 
required them to swear that the Pretender 
was not the son of James II. ; and (2) it 
bound them to support tne Established 
Church. (Ex. Min. Gen. Syn. ; Kirkpatrick, 
p. 528.) 

,, 19th October. — A committee of the Irish 
House of Commons recommended that 
M'Bride and another be deprived of regium 

do num. for refusing the oath ; but this was 
not done. (Kitten's Reid, ii. 500 ) 
[705. David Smith presented "to Belfast Meeting- 
house" a copy, bound in tortoiseshell and 
silver, of Patrick Neill's edition of the 
Psalms in metre, 1700. David Smith, who 
is mentioned above (1694), was elected a 
burgess of Belfast on 26th May, 1690; he 
was sovereign in 1698 and 1699. (Kirk- 
patrick, p. 421 ; Benn, i. 726.) 

,, This year the General Synod passed a law 
requiring, for the future, subscription to the 
Westminster Confession. 

,, The meeting for theological discussion, after- 
wards known as the Belfast Society, was 
founded by Rev. John Abernethy ; among 
the original members was Rev. James Kirk- 

,, At the end of the year, information was sworn 
against M'Bride as a non-abjuror, before 
Rev. John Winder, a magistrate residing at 
Carmoney. M'Bride retired to Scotland, 
preached for some time at Glasgow, and as 
Moderator of Glasgow Presbytery was the 
first to sign the Presbytery's address to the 
Queen (1708), expressing abhorrence of 
the designs of the Pretender. (Killen's Reid, 
ii. 520; Kirkpatrick, p. 538.) 

1706. Early in the year a call from Belfast was 
given to Rev. James Kirkpatrick, of Temple- 
patrick, as assistant and successor to 
M'Bride. The Synod at first refused its 
sanction, and granted supplies to Belfast. 

„ 18th June. — M'Bride wrote from Stranraer 
that if there be 3,000 persons in Belfast 
congregation, there must be two meeting- 
houses and two distinct congregations. 

,, 24th Sept. — Kirkpatrick was released from 
Templepatrick, and settled in Belfast. 
(Disciple, June 1882, p. 175.) 

1707. A second Meeting-house and a Manse were 
set on foot. 

1708. 2nd March. — The session of Belfast petitioned 

the Belfast Presbytery "that Mr. James 
Kirkpatrick might be ascertained to the 
new Meeting-house now built, and that Mr. 
M'Bride might be ascertained to the old 
Meeting-house and the Dwelling-house built 
for him." This was granted. 


1708. 3rd March.— Messrs. Edward Brice, Isaac 
M'Cartney, and Robert Lennox, on the one 
part, and Messrs. William Crawford and 
Ferguson on the other, subscribed an agree- 
ment that the stipend, ^160, "should be 
equally divided between the two ministers, 
and the dwelling-house now built should be 
reserved from [? for] Mr. M'Bride." 

„ 1 2th April. — The session presented a further 
petition to the Presbytery " for erecting a 
new congregation in Belfast, to meet and 
be under the particular pastoral charge of 
Mr. James Kirkpatrick." This was also 
granted. Both petitions were signed by 
Hugh Cunningham, clerk to the session of 

„ 1st May. — M'Bride wrote to the Presbytery 
complaining of their dividing the congre- 
gation before the meeting of General Synod. 

,, 1st June. — The General Synod met at Antrim, 
when the following commissioners from the 
old congregation, Messrs. Andrew Maxwell, 
Henry Chads, and John Black, elders, 
Edward Brice, Esq., Dr. Peacock, Messrs. 
Isaac M'Cartney, Robert Lennox, Richard 
Ashmore, Samuel Smith, John M'Munn, 
Gilbert Moore, and some others presented 
an appeal against the action of the Presby- 
tery, which was heard at great length, and 
many personal matters were brought in. 
The Synod administered a rebuke to the 
Presbytery for precipitancy ; but ultimately 
carried out their arrangement, and ordered 
" that a kind letter be written to Mr. 
M'Bride, inviting and requiring him to 
come over as soon as he can." One John 
Johnson, barber in Belfast, who had been 
brought forward to prove that Kirkpatrick 
had been heard to speak disrespectfully 
of M'Bride, was ordered to be rebuked, 
but he "could not be found." (Ex. Min. 
Gen. Syn.) 

„ Samuel Smith, merchant, was sent to M'Bride, 
at Glasgow, to invite his return, and was 
successful in this mission. 

„ M'Bride, on his return, " appeared before the 
judges of assize at Carrickfergus, and was 
discharged without a trial." (Kitten's Reid, 
iii. 2.) 

[ 1. August. — Warrant issued by Westenra Waring, 
of Belfast, and Brent Spencer, of Trumra, 
for the apprehension of M'Bride and others 
as non-abjurors. M'Bride fled to Scotland, 
but returned next year. 
Probably in this year Rev. Thomas Milling 
became M'Bride's assistant. (Chr. Mod., 
1826, p. 309.) He is said to have held the 
office five years. 

[2. At the spring assizes, M'Bride and others 
were presented by the Grand Jury of 
County Antrim as disloyal men. M'Bride 
again returned to Scotland at the beginning 
of May. 
10th June. — Funeral Register begins. 
27th Aug. — Three silver cups brought from 
Dublin. (Funeral Register.) 

[3. May — M'Bride published, anonymously, at 

Glasgow, A Sample of Jet-black Pr tic 

Calumny, &>c, in reply to A Simple of True- 
blue Presbyterian Loyalty, by Dr. Tisdal, 
vicar of Belfast. 
8th June. — M'Bride again arrived in Belfast. 
(Killen's Reid, iii. 45.) 

14. 15th June. — The General Synod at Belfast 
considered in interloquitur the case of 
Samuel Smith, junior, and Joseph Kyle, 
both of Belfast, who had been excommuni- 
cated and prosecuted for being married by 
the Presbyterian form. They had been 
"told that if they will re-marry they are 
promised that their penance shall be easy." 
The Synod "are unanimously of opinion 
that they should not re-marry, and do advise 
that they never do it." (Ex. Min. Gen. Syn.) 

tS. Rev. John Abernethy, of Antrim, was called 
to be assistant and successor to M'Bride, 
but the Synod did not sanction the removal. 
21st July.— John M'Bride died, set. 68. Of 
M'Bride's humour two stories are preserved. 
When taxed with his non-abjuration he said, 
"Once upon a time there was a bairn that 
would not be persuaded to bann the Deil, 
because he did not know but he might soon 
come into his clutches" (Kirkpatrick, p. 
529). It is said that John Clugstone, 
Sovereign of Belfast (but he was not 
Sovereign till 1727), sat in the gallery of 
M'Bride's M°eting-house, and accidentally 


pulled out a pack of cards with his hand- 
kerchief, scattering them on the people 
below. "Hech, Sir," said M'Bride, "but 
your psalm-hook is ill-bund." {Chr. Mod., 
1826, p. 428.) 

1718. 29 Dec— "Cash lead out for sweping the 
Streats at Two sever Sacrements, iod." 
( Fit rural Register. ) 

1 7 19. Rev. James Fleming of Lurgan was called 
to be successor to M'Bride, but the Synod 
did not sanction the removal. 

„ 2nd Nov.— The Irish Toleration Act received 
the Royal assent. 

1720. Early in the year the congregation gave a 
call to Rev. Samuel Haliday, at that time 
chaplain to Colonel Anstrulher's regiment 
of foot. 

,, The term "New Light" was first applied to 
the principles held by members of the 
Belfast Society in a polemical tract— Some 
Friendly Reflections, by Rev. John Malcolm, 
of Dunmurry. (Kil/eiis Reid, iii. 1 1 9.) 

„ 2 1st June. — The General Synod met in Belfast. 
Haliday appeared and complained of reports 
circulated about him, especially by Rev. 
Samuel Dunlop of Athlone. The matter 
was gone into at great length, and the Synod 
unanimously resolved : " That the Reverend 
Mr. Samuel Haliday has sufficiently cleared 
his innocency, and fully vindicated himself 
from the aspersions of Arianism and militat- 
ing against all church government, to the 
great satisfaction of this Synod." Dunlop 
was rebuked. Tnis Synod passed the 
Pacific Act, confirming subscription to the 
Confession, but also sanctioning the practice 
of Presbyteries which permitted those who 
scrupled at particular phrases to substitute 
approved language of their own. {Ex. Min. 
Gen Syn.) 

„ 27th July. — Haliday d;ew up the confession 
of his faith in the following words :— " I 
sincerely believe the Scriptures of the Old 
and New Testament to be the only rule of 
revealed religion, a sufficient test of ortho- 
doxy or soundness in the faith, and to settle 
all the terms of ministerial and Christian 
communion, to which nothing may be added 
by any synod, assembly, or council whatso- 

ever : And I find all the essential articles of 
the Christian doctrine to be contained in 
the Westminster Confession of Faith ; which 
articles I receive upon the sole authority of 
the Holy Scriptures." {Killen's Rtirf,m. 130.) 

1720. 28th July. — Haliday was installed by Belfast 
Presbytery on the strength of the above 

„ 7t.l1 Dec— The Belfast Society, of which Hali- 
day had become a member, issued a circular 
vindicating its principles. 

1721. Jan. — The Sub-synod of Belfast found Hali- 

day's installation irregular, and publicly 
rebuked the installers. Haliday was then 
in England. 

,, At the next meeting of Presbytery after his 
return, he was called upon by some members 
to subscribe the Confession, but the meeting 
was adjourned till after the General Synod. 

„ 20th June. — The General Synod met in Belfast. 
Among the documents produced was " a 
certificate from both congregations of Bel- 
fast, bearing testimony to the soundness of 
both their ministers' faiths, subscribed by a 
great number of hands of both congrega- 
tions." The moderator was directed to ask 
Haliday whether he adhered to his assent 
to the Westminster Confession, given when 
licensed at Rotterdam. Haliday replied : 
" My refusal to declare my adherence to the 
assent I gave to the Westminster Confession 
of Faith when I was licensed, does not pro- 
ceed from my disbelief of the important 
truths contained in it. . . . But my 
scruples are against the submitting to human 
tests of divine truths (especially in a great 
number of extra-essential points, without the 
knowledge and belief of which men may be 
entitled to the favour of God and the hopes 
of eternal life, and, according to the laws of 
the Gospel, to Christian and ministerial 
communion in the Church) when imposed 
as a necessary term of such communion." 
Ultimately the matter was dropped, nem. 
con. The Synod then, by a large majority, 
carried a resolution to "allow" such mem- 
bers as were willing to subscribe the Con- 
fession of Faith. Those who did not 
subscribe accordingly, were henceforth 






known as NON-SUBSCRIBERS, a term 
already used, in a somewhat similar sense, 
at the Salters' Hall Conference in London, 
1 7 19, and occasionally found, at a much 
earlier date, as a synonym for Noncon- 
formist. Petitions for the erection of a new 
congregation in Belfast were laid before the 
Synod by minorities of both the existing 
congregations. John Young, Wm. Sinim, 
and others presented the petition from dis- 
satisfied members of Haliday's flock. The 
Synod left it to the Presbytery to take 

I72f. August. — The Presbytery erected a third con- 
gregation in Belfast. The erection was 
confirmed by the Committee of Synod at 
Dungannon in October, and by the General 
Synod at Derry in June, 1722. Among the 
most active laymen in promoting the erection 
was Samuel Smith, who visited Scotland in 
September, 1722, to obtain pecuniary help, 
setting forth the need of a third Meeting- 
house in so populous a town. 

1722. Feb. — Kirkpatrick and Haliday publish at 
- Edinburgh a Letter (dated 8th October, 
1722) to a Friend at Glasgow, with rela- 
tion to the New Meeting-house in Belfast. — 
{Killen's Reid, hi. 161.) 

1724. Feb. — Haliday published h\s Reasons against 

the Imposition of Subscription. 

„ Feb. — The first communion was held in the 
Third Meeting-house. Haliday and Kirk- 
patrick wrote to Rev. Charles Mastertown, 
the minister, expressing their wish that they 
and their congregations should be admitted 
to communicate. This was readily granted 
as regards the congregations, but the minis- 
ters were requested not to "attempt to 
disturb the solemn work " by attending. 

„ 1 6th June. — The General Synod met at Dun- 
gannon. At this Synod the Subscribers and 
Nonsubscribers, at the request of the former, 
held meetings apart, with a view to find 
some settlement of their differences. 

1725. Feb.— Haliday published his Letter to Gilbert 

„ 15th June. — The General Synod met at Dun- 
gannon. By this Synod the Presbyteries 
were remodelled, and all the Nonsubscribers 

were transferred to a newly erected Presby- 
tery of Antrim 

1726. 2 1 st June. — The General Synod met at 
Dungannon. On the 22nd June the Non- 
subscribers presented their Six Propositions 
(drawn up in January) as Expedients for 
Peace : they were received as a declaration 
of war. After long debates, on Saturday, 
25th June, the Antrim Presbytery was ex- 
cluded from the Synod. The majority for 
the exclusion was large ; yet of the ministers 
in attendance only 35 or 36 voted for it, 34 
voted against, 2 voted non liquet, and 6 did 
not vote at all. Though excluded from the 
Synod, the Nonsubscribers were not shut 
out from ministerial or sacramental fellow- 
ship, nor deprived of the regium donum. 

,, 6th July. — Haliday and Kirkpatrick convened 
" the whole town " of Belfast, " to relate to 
them the great injuries done to the Non- 
subscribers, which causeth a great ferment in 
the place." 

., 1 2th July. — Dublin Presbytery unanimously 
resolved to hold communion with Antrim 

,, 2 1 st July.- — Munster Presbytery unanimously 
came to a similar resolution. 

„ A week-evening lecture was established in the 
First Congregation. Rev. Michael Bruce, 
of Holywood, whose income had been re- 
duced by the secession of the subscribing 
portion of his congregation, was appointed 
lecturer, at a salary of^20. 

,, Dec. — Haliday published his Letter to Francis 

1727. 29th June. — Antrim Presbytery (Haliday, 
moderator) authorise the publication of 
A Narrative of the Proceedings of Seven 
General Synods, 6-v., which was issued in 

1735. Haliday published a funeral sermon for Rev. 
Michael Bruce, preached 7th Dec. 

1736. Rev. Thos. Drennan installed as Haliday's 
assistant and successor. 

,, 19th Oct. — Last entry in Funeral Register. 

1739. 5th March. — Haliday died, in the 54th year 

of his age. {Belfast IVavs-Leiler, Tuesday, 

March 6, 1738, i.e., 1739, P reseni si }' lc • 

The following character-portrait of Haliday, 


drawn early in his career, is less flattering 
than his funeral eulogy. It is taken from a 
manuscript in Rev. T. Drennan's hand, 
containing sketches of the members of the 
Belfast Society :— " The second is a gentle- 
man of genteel education and polite 
manners ; a fine scholar and of a generous 
spirit. He is not capable of a mean or 
dishonest thing. His temper warm, and 
not enough patient of contradiction. He 
is fixed, and not to be shaken in the opinions 
he has received, and cannot appear to be 
what he is not. His genius abhors per- 
plexity, and all his performances are easy, 
clear, and correct. His mind is rather 
great than equal, and his passions appear 
excusable rather than well commanded. 
He is formed for enjoying prosperity hand- 
somely rather than bearing distress. In 
his anger quick, but not surly ; tender in 
his friendship, but too apt to resent." 
{Chr. Mod., 1826, p. 432.) 
1746. Some time before this, Rev. Andrew Millar 
became assistant (unordained) to Drennan. 

1749. Millar removed to Summerhill, Co. Meath, 
and was succeeded by Rev. Clotworthy 
Brown, from Ballynure. 

1750. 19th June. — The General Synod at Dun- 
gannon invited the Antrim Presbytery to 
join in the scheme for a Widows' Fund, 
projected by William Bruce, a nonsubscrib- 
ing layman of Dublin. 

1751. 18th June. — The General Synod at Antrim 
was attended by commissioners from Antrim 
Presbytery, including Clotworthy Brown. 

1755. 26th May.— Clotworthy Brown died. {Belfast 
Neivs-Letter, Tuesday, 27th May, 1755.) 

1756. Rev. James Mackay, from Clonmel, was 
installed as assistant and successor to 

1757. 22nd July. — Earliest extant entry in Bap- 
tismal Register. 

1760. 3rd Sept. — Earliest extant Minute Book o^ 
the congregation begins. A standing Com- 
mittee, to act with the Session, was for the 
first time appointed. A Chairman and 
Secretary were to be chosen annually. The 
seats in the Meeting-house were numbered, 
and seat-rents charged. At this date an 

income was still derived from " Cloak and 
1762. 2 1 st September. — A boys' day school is 
mentioned as maintained by the congrega- 
tion. Reading, writing, and singing were 
taught, and boys, in number varying from 
14 to 19, were clothed, the expenses being 
met by a charity sermon on a Sunday in 
August or September, at five o'clock, to 
admit of the attendance of members of 
other denominations. The boys formed a 
choir in the Meeting-house, under the tuition 
of the singing clerk. 

1767. 31st August. — Lease of the site of Meeting- 

house and Manse granted by the Earl of 

1768. 14th Feb. — Rev. Thomas Drennan died. 

„ 15th June. — Resolved that the Session (which 

since 1760 had been reduced to seven) 

consist of 24 members. 
„ Rev. John Beatty, of Holywood, was made 

temporary assistant to Mackay, pending the 

choice of a colleague. 

1769. 16th Dec. — Rev. James Crombie chosen as 
colleague to Mackay, at a stipend of_^8o 
sterling, with the Manse or £10 in lieu of it. 

1770. 20th Oct. — Crombie writes from Belfast to 
Elgin Presbytery, saying that he had accepted 
the call to Belfast. He was demitted from 
Lhanbryd on 4th Dec. 

177 1. 3rd March. — "Resolved, that all the waste 
seats in the Meeting-house have immediately 
locks put on them, and the kays of these 
seats be kept in the vestry — from thence to 
be given to any person who may incline to 
take a seat." 

,, 2nd June. — Crawford, the schoolmaster, having 
removed to America, his wife was continued 
in his place. The school was maintained 
under Mrs. Crawford till the reception of 
children by the Old Charitable Society 
rendered it unnecessary. 

1772. 5th Jan. — Deputation appointed to wait on 
Rev. James Saurin (Vicar of Belfast), and 
make him an offer of the Meeting-house to 
perform divine service in. This was in view 
of the removal of the old Parish Church, 
St. Patrick's (on the site of the present St. 
George's). The buildmg was not taken 



down till 7th May, 1774, when for two years 
and a-half the Episcopalian congregation 
worshipped in one of the Presbyterian 
1772. 2nd Aug. — The Committee declined to gran t 
to any members leases of their seats. 

1777. Feb. — Crombie's Essay on Church Con- 
secration (anonymous) published in Dublin. 
(Disciple, April, 1883, p. 97.) 

1778. 19th July. — Crombie's first sermon to Volun- 
teers (afterwards published). 

1779. 1 st Aug. — Crombie's second Volunteer ser- 
mon (afterwards published). 

1781. 22nd January. — Rev. James Mackay died. 
He was born in 1709. 

„ 1 8th Feb. — Resolution taken to build a new 

„ 4th March. — Crombie's third Volunteer ser- 
mon, in which he advocates drilling on 
Sunday (afterwards published). 

„ April.— Old Meeting-house taken down. 

,, 1 2th May. — Building Committee decided on 
the elliptical shape for the new house. 

„ 1st June. — Foundation-stone laid. 
1783. 1st June. — Present Meeting-house opened 

for worship. 
1785. 9th Sept. — Crombie (now D.D.) issued pro- 
posals for the establishment of the Belfast 
Academy. It was opened in February, 1786. 

1789. 8th June (Monday). — John Wesley, in his 
86th year, preached in the Meeting-house, 
and describes it as "the completest place 
of worship I have ever seen," and " beau- 
tiful in the highest degree." He would have 
preached again next day, but "the sexton 
sent me word it must not be, for the crowds 
had damaged the house, and some of them 
had broke off and carried away the silver 
which was on the bible in the pulpit." 

1790. 1st March. — Crombie died, in his 60th year. 
,, nth March. — Call given to Rev. William 

Bruce, D.D. (52 signatures). He entered 
on his duties on 1st May. 
„ 25th July. — Number of the Committee fixed 
at seven ; fine of one shilling for non- 
1792. 4th Nov. — Singing clerk empowered to 
select as singers not more than 10 of the 
children in the Old Charitable Society, the 

congregation providing them with shoes and 

1794. 9th Nov. — Rev. W.Bristow (Vicar of Belfast) 
acted as one of the collectors at the charity 

1798. 25th June.— Address from the congregation 
to the Lord Lieutenant (Cornwallis) declar- 
ing abhorrence of "the present atrocious 

1 Sot. 3rd May. — Dr. Bruce authorised to make 
" a new selection of Psalms for the use of 
this congregation" (edition of 1,000 copies 
published same year), under the superin- 
tendence of Henry Joy and John Holmes 
Houston ; price in calf, best paper, 3s. <)ld. ; 
in boards, inferior paper, 2s. 8id. "Avery 
liberal proposal from Mr. Edward Bunting, 
of Belfast, respecting the purchase of an 
organ," was communicated. 

1803. 27th Feb. — Proposal made to heat the 
Meeting-house with stoves, but curtains 
were ordered instead. 
,, 1 st May. — Reported that John Mathers had 
left the reversion of a profit rent of ^11 
iSs. 2d. for the use of the poor of the con- 
gregation, and also .£50, to be invested 
until the capital doubled, and then the 
interest applied to the improvement of the 
„ In this year Dr. Bruce obtained from Govern- 
ment a recognition of the right of the 
congregation to a share of regium donum, 
in case of the appointment of a colleague. 

1806. 3rd Aug. — Proposal to alter the hours of 
worship (eleven and one), " partly in conse- 
quence of the erection of an organ in the 
Second Congregation, which it is conceived 
may disturb worship in this house." No 
change was made. 

1S11. 7th July. — On application by Rev Edward 
May (Vicar of Belfast) the use of the Meeting 
house was granted, at half-past twelve on 
Sundays, to the Episcopalian Congregation, 
during the repairs of the Parish Church. 

1812. 19th Jan.— Call given to Rev. William Bruce, 
A.B., as colleague. 
„ 3rd March. — Rev. William Bruce ordained. 
,, 7th June. — First printed list of constituents 


181 2. 19th July. — Resolution to enlarge the galleries 

1814. 17th July.— Use of the Meeting-house again 

granted to Rev. E. May, during repairs of 

the Parish Church. 

1816. 5th May. — First appointment of Music 
Committee, and introduction of part-singing. 

,, 27th Oct. — Renewed proposal for a stove. 
After a year's consideration, additional cur- 
tains were put up. 

1817. 1st June. — First appointment of a secretary 
to the congregation. 

1818. 4th Jan. — Reported that Mrs. Mary Hodgens 
had bequeathed ^50 to the congregation. 

,, 6th June. — First report from the Committee 
to the annual meeting. 

„ 1st August. — New edition (r,ooo copies) of 
the Psalm-book issued. It was edited by 
Dr. Bruce, and revised by Rev. VV. D. H. 
M'Ewen of the Second Congregation. The 
paper, in two qualities, was specially made 
by Messrs. Blow, Ward, and Greenfield. 
The prices of the bound volume were 3s. od. 
and 3s. 4d. The book continued in use 
till 28th November, 1886. 

,, 1st Nov. — Reported that Miss M'llwrath had 
bequeathed ^50 to the congregation 
1821. 26th Aug — Resolved that "it is inex- 
pedient " to put the pulpit in mourning 
in consequence of the decease of Queen 
Caroline. This was usually done on 
Royal deaths. 
1824. This year Dr. Bruce published his Sermons 
on the Study of the Bible and the Doctrines of 
Christianity ; preface dated 17 th March. 

„ 4th July. — Congregation agreed to the erec- 
tion of a stove, but nothing done in the 

,, Rev. W. Bruce began evening lectures at six 

,, 5th Dec. — First mention of a Ladies' Clothing 
1827. 30th Dec. — Charity sermon for House of 
Industry preached by Rev. H. Montgomery; 
the Marquis of Donegall was one of the 
collectors; ^210 13s. nd. collected. 

1830. 25th May. — First meeting of Remonstrant 
Synod held in the Meeting-house. 

1 83 1. 1 st May. — Dr. Bruce resigned his active 

charge of the congregation, retaining the 
position of senior minister. 
[831. 17 th June. — Service of plate presented by the 
congregation to Dr. Bruce. 
,, nth Sept. — Call (89 signatures) to Rev. John 
Scott Porter as colleague to Rev. VV. Bruce. 
[832. 22nd Jan. — Rules as to order of proceedings 
in Committee agreed upon. 
„ 2nd Feb.— Rev. J. S. Porter installed. 
„ October. — Meeting-house closed for repairs 
and improvements. 
[833. iothMarch.— Meeting-house re-opened, after 
rebuilding of frontage, introduction of hot- 
water apparatus, &c, at a cost of ^681 3s. 
„ 23rd June —Reported that premises in Skipper 
Street have been bequeathed to the First 
and Second Congregations by William 
[834. 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th April. — Public dis- 
cussion in the Meeting-house on the 
Unitarian Controversy, between Rev. Daniel 
Bagot and Rev. J. S. Porter. 
[835. 1st May. — Application of Sunday collections 
as poor's money discontinued. 
„ 9th Aug. — Dr. Bruce resigned rcgium donum 

in favour of Rev. J. S. Porter. 
„ 8th Nov. — Resolved to light the house with 
gas. [Carried out early in the following 
1838. 28th January. — Sunday-school begun; first 
superintendent, George M'Adam. 
,, 6th May. — Congregational Library opened ; 
first librarian, William Hartley. Engraved 
portrait of Dr. Bruce presented to the con- 
gregation by John Hodgson. 
., nth July. — First record of a Visitation of 
the congregation by the Presbytery of 
„ October. — Day school for girls opened. 
[839. 29th January. — Evening school for boys 

1840. June. — School in Fountain Street opened. 
(841. 24th Feb. — Resolution requesting Rev. J. S. 
Porter to publish his evening lectures on 
Unitarianism. [Several similar resolutions 
in subsequent years.] 
„ 27th Feb.— Dr. Bruce died. He bequeathed 
to the congregation ^50, and his executor-; 
(on 1 6th April) presented the oil-painting 






of Rev. John M 'Bride, and portraits of 
Revs. Dr. Kirkpatrick, Dr. Abernethy, Dr. 
Crombie, and William Bryson. 

[842. 21st Aug. — Meeting-house re-opened after 
erection of monument to Rev. Dr. Bruce. 

[844. 19th July. — Royal assent given to Dissenters' 
Chapels Act. In recognition of their ser- 
vices in assisting to obtain this Act, the 
congregation presented to the editor of the 
Northern Whig (Mr. Simms) a salver and 
tea-service, to the proprietor of the Northern 
Whig (Mr. Finlay) a salver and dinner- 
service, to Mr. W. J. C. Allen a salver, and 
to Rev. John Porter (Second Congregation) 
a purse of 25 guineas. 

1845. 14th April. — Meeting-house registered for 
celebration of marriages, under 7 and 8 
Vict., cap. 81. 

[S51. 9th September. — Mr. Robert Montgomery, 
Treasurer, died. He bequeathed a legacy 
of .£50 to the congregation. 

1852. 8th March — Donation of ^100 by the 
Misses M'Kedy to the congregation. 

1853. 27th Feb. — Opening of organ, purchased 
from Mr. T. A. Barnes. 

1854. 27th July. — Freehold of the congregational 
properties in Rosemary Street purchased. 

1855. 28th Oct. — New organ erected by Messrs 
Gray & Davison. 

1856. 18th Oct. — Communion linen presented by 
Mr. Michael Andrews. 

1859. 10th April. — Bequest of ^50 by Miss Jane 
Whitla reported. 

1861. 6th Oct. — Reported that the congregation 
had become entitled to legacies of ^100 
(for investment) under will of Elizabeth 
M'Kedy, dated 29th October, 1836 ; ^50 
each under wills of Catherine and Mary 
M'Kedy, dated 17th August, 1S54. 

,, 10th November. — Hours of Sunday services 
changed to ir-30 a.m.; and 7 p.m. for 
lectures in the winter season. 

1862. 19th January. — Congregation withdrew from 
ecclesiastical connection with Antrim Pres- 

„ 23rd Feb. — Congregation united with four 
other congregations to form Northern Pres- 
bytery of Antrim 

„ 5th October. — Meeting-house re-opened after 

erection of memorial windows behind the 
pulpit, in commemoration of the completion 
of fifty years of the ministry of Rev. W. 
Bruce. On removal of the pulpit canopy, 
the following memorandum was found : — 
"This Meeting-house was erected by the 
inhabitants of Belfast under the care and 
inspection of Mr. Roger Mulholland, who 
executed the same, both external and in- 
ternal parts thereof, on the first day of 
January, in the year of our Lord 1783 — 
eighty-three, and this piece executed by 
Patrick Smyth." 
1862. 25th Dec. — Presentation of plate to Rev. W. 

1867. 21st April. — Rev. W. Bruce retired from 
active duty, after a ministry of 55 years. 

„ 5 th May. — Present order of worship adopted. 

1868. 25th Oct. — Rev. William Bruce died. 

„ 8th Dec— Collection of books forming the 
"Ministerial Library" presented by Mrs. 

187 1. 14th March. — Rev. J. S. Porter commuted 
his life interest in the regium donum for the 
benefit of the congregation. 

1872. 6th Oct. — Bequest of ^100 by Mr. John 
Gait Smith, to be invested for the Music 
Fund, reported to Committee. 

1873. 1 2th April. — Portrait of Rev. J. Scott Porter 
presented to him by members of the congre- 
gregation (replica placed in vestry). 

„ 5th October. — Meeting-house re-opened after 
erection of new pews and four memorial 
windows— Andrews, Hincks, Martin, Smith. 

„ 19th October. — Present order of communion 
service adopted. 

1874. 19th ApriL — Six new flagons introduced at 

1877. 18th Feb. — Call (272 signatures) to Rev. 
A. Gordon as colleague with Rev. J. Scott 

„ 5th June. — Installation of Rev. A. Gordon by 
Northern Presbytery of Antrim. 

1878. 6th Jan. — Regular evening services begun. 

,, 29th April. — First soire'e in connection with 

Annual Meeting. 
„ Oct.— Institute of Faith and Science begun. 

1879. 6th April. — Bequest of ,£100 by William 
Campbell reported. 


1879. 2 4 tn August. — Addresses presented by Rev. 

A. Gordon to the General Synod of the 
Unitarian Church of Hungary at Sztfke'ly 
Keresztiir, on occasion of the ter-centennial 
of the death of Bishop Francis David. 

1880. 29th Feb. — Collection in aid of the erection 
of the Channing Memorial Church at New- 
port, Rhode Island. 

„ 22nd May. — Portrait of Mr. G. K. Smith 
presented to him by members of the con- 
gregation, in recognition of his services as 
Secretary for 41 years. 

„ 5th July.— Rev. J. Scott Porter died. 
1SS1. 9th Oct. — Meeting-house re-opened after 
erection of memorial tablets to Revs. W. 
Bruce and J. Scott Porter. Address of 
condolence offered by the congregation to 
Mrs. Garfield, widow of the late President 
of the United States of America. 

,, 23rd Oct. — First Harvest Festival Service. 

1882. 29th Sept. — Donation of ^50 from Miss 
Curell, in memory of her sister Mary. 

1883. 20th June. — Centennial Meeting in Ulster 


1884. 25th Feb.— Bequest of ,£100 by Mr. W. J. C. 
Allen, for investment, reported. 

,, 22nd Nov. — Portraits of James and David 
Dunn presented to the congregation by Mr. 
Thomas M'Tear. 

1885. 6th June.— Portrait of Mr. John Hodgson 
presented to the congregation by Mr. James 

1886. 14th Jan. — Formal opening of Central Hall, 
erected in commemoration of the Centennial 
of the Meeting-house. 

„ 25th July.— Death of Mr. G. K. Smith, Sec- 
retary from 1st September, 1839. By will 
he left ^200 to be invested for the Music 

„ 5th Dec. — New hymn-book brought into use. 

[Originally called Grand Treasurer, as there was 
a separate Treasurer for the Poor's Money.] 

[712. Thomas Lyle. 

17 13. John Ewing. 

1 7 14. John Euless. 

1715. William Mitchell. 

1 7 16. Uchtred M'Doull. 

1717. John MMunn. 

bef. 1760. John Ross. 

1 76 1. John Galt Smith. 

1 781. Robert Gordon. 

bef. 1802. 

John Holmes. 

John Holmes Houston. 

William Tennent. 

Robert Callwell. 

Robert Montgomery. 

William John Campbell Allen 

James Carr. 

Nicholas Oakman. 

William H. Patterson. 

J. W Russell 

John Rogers 

bef. 1712. Thomas Swendill. 
1 7 18. David Ferguson. 
1720. Samuel Pentland. 

bef 1 


Si 2. 

Robert Harper 

John Scott (Assistant till 1793). 

Henry Whitfield. 

William Wilson. 

Geo. Ferguson (Assistant till 1852 

Mrs. Hainey. 

Mrs. M'Quoid. 

John M'Cord. 

Moses Martin. 

James Bell. 

William Jackson. 

Henry Burniston. 

bef. 1 7 15. Hugh Cunningham. 

bef. 1760 



John Cochran. 


John M'Vjty. 


Thomas Stafford 


William Hughes. 



1760. Charles Cunningham. 

* * * # 
1771. Robert Gordon. 

1782. Rev. James Cromeie. 
[The above were Secretaries of the Committee ; 
after Dr. Crombie's death no appointment of secre- 
tary was made, minutes being taken by various 
hands. The following were Secretaries of the 

1817. John Ward. 
1827. William Patterson. 
1837. Thomas Chermside. 
1839. Geo. Kennedy Smith. 
1886. John Smith M'Tear. 


1853. John Moore. 

1853. Welbore Stewart Burnett. 

1864. Benjamin Hobson Carroll, Mus. Doc. 


John Campbell, Lennoxvale, ^150 
In memory of the late Wm. 

Campbell, ... ... too 


Sir E. J. Harland, Bart., J. P., Mayor 

of Belfast, 
George K. Smith, 
J. R. Musgrave, D.L., J. P., 
John Rogers, 

W. Riddel, J.P., and S. Riddel, 
James Bruce, D.L., J. P., ... 
R. G. Dunville, D.L., J. P., 
F. D. Ward, J.P., M.R.I.A., 
A. M. Kirker, ... 
Misses Bruce, 
Misses Campbell, 
William Spackman, 
Frederick Little, ... 
James Carr, 
W. H. Patterson, M.R.I.A., and > 

R. Lloyd Patterson, J.P., F.L.S., J 
Nicholas Oakman, 

Mrs. Greer, and in memory of Mrs. Gray, 20 
Representatives of Robert Boyd, 
W. Sinclair Boyd, 
W. T. Hamilton, 
Thomas L'Estrange, 
Bowman Malcolm, C.E., ... 
Dr. Brice Smyth, ... 
Mrs. Andrews, ... 
George Andrews, .. 

Mrs. Macrory, ... j 




Miss Macrory, 


Henry Bruce, 



Robert Tennent, Rushpark, 
Gawin Orr, M.D., Bally lesson, 



Miss Benn, 

... 10 


Marshall Laird, ... 



Mrs. Home and Mrs. A. G 

Malcolm, 5 


Mrs. Orr, 

■■• 5 


Mrs. L. Hutton, Dublin, 



John Hunter, 

- 5 


William M'Ninch, 

••• 5 


Mrs. Blackley, 

••• 5 


Robert Murray, ... 

••• 5 


Thomas Ritchie, ... 

■ •■ 5 


Mrs. Rowland, and in memory 

of Miss 



••■ 5 


E. J. M'Ervel, ... 

•■■ 5 


James M'Ervel, ... 
Thomas M'Ervel, 

■•• 5 


James P. Orr, 

- 5 


Mrs. M'Caw, 

•■■ 5 


John J. Dugan, ... 

- 5 


J. S. M'Tear, and Misses 


& F. M. ) 


Mrs. Gamble, 


2 10 1 


Miss Arthur, 

2 10 f ^ 


H. F. Thomas, ... 

■•• 5 


J. W. Russell, ... 

... s 


Mrs. Charnock, ... 

••• 5 


W. H. Kennedy, ... 

••• 5 



Misses Smyth, 

... /5 o o 

Mrs. Hartley, 

.. £2 2 

W. J. Luke, 


Mrs. Malcolm, ... 


W. H. M'Fadden, 

... 5 

George M'Caw, ... 


N. A. Campbell, ... 


Miss Stewart, 


Mercer Rice, 


Miss Carruthers, ... 


Charles Bowles, ... 


Miss T. Carruthers, 


Marcus J. Ward, ... 

■£3 ° ° I . „ 

Miss Graham, 

1 1 

George G. Ward, 

■ 4 
... 1 J ^ 

James Moore, 

1 1 

Mrs. Armstrong, ... 


Edmund B. Roche, 


Henry Murray, ... 


Henry Ferguson,... 


Mrs. Ledlie, 


The Misses Ferguson, 


Alex. M'Cann, ... 

2 10 

Miss Williamson, 


John Dickson, ... 


A. H. Manderson, 


John Johnston, ... 


Belfast, A. P. 1887 




ON Saturday afternoon, 22nd May, 1S80, a numerous 
company assembled at Meadowbank, Whitehouse, for 
the purpose of presenting his portrait to Mr. George K. 
Smith, who, for the period of 41 years, had discharged, with 
marked efficiency and unwearying zeal, the duties of Secretary 
to the First Presbyterian Congregation. Invitations were 
issued to the following subscribers to the portrait, viz. : — 
Rev. J. Scott Porter, Rev. Alexander Gordon, M.A. ; 
Messrs. W. J. C. Allen, J. P. ; E. J. Harland, J. P., Chair- 
man of Belfast Harbour Commissioners (now Sir E. J. 
Harland, Bart.) ; Wm. Riddel, J. P. ; J. R. Musgrave, J. P. ; 
J. F. M'Caw, Hon. William Porter, J. Gait Smith, J. P. ; 
F. D. Ward, J. P. ; John Rogers, John Campbell, William 
Robertson, C. Bowles, N. Oakman, James Cronne, A. O'D. 
Taylor, Brice Smyth, M.D. ; James M'Fadden, Henry 
Bruce, J. W. Russell, J. S. Dren'nan, M.D. ; R. L. Patter- 
son, J. P. ; W. H. Malcolm, J. Dugan, Lenox Drennan, Geo. 
Benn, Thomas L'Estrange, J. S. M'Tear; Mrs. H. C. 
Smith; Miss Whitla, Beneaden; Misses Campbell, Miss 
Bruce, Mrs. Patterson, Miss M'Gee, Mrs. Andrews. Also 
to the following : — Sir Thomas A. Jones, P.R.H.A. ; Lady 
Jones, Miss Porter and Mr. Drummond Porter, the Misses 
Allen, Mrs. Gordon, Mrs. Harland, the Misses Riddel, Mrs. 
L'Estrange, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. John Campbell, 
Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Bowles, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Brice 
Smyth, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Duffin, Miss Drennan, Mrs. 
Malcolm, Miss Benn, Mrs. Cunningham, Miss Bottomley, 
Mr. James Glenny. the Misses M'Tear, Miss L. Bankhead, 
Miss Byrne, Mr. (now Dr.) and Mrs. Carroll, Mr. S. T. 
Smith, Dr and Mrs. Manley and Miss Manley, Mr. Mauley, 
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Salvage. 

On the motion of Mr. J. R. Musgrave, J.P., High 
Sheriff of the County of Donegal, seconded by Mr. James 
F. M'Caw, the chair was taken by Mr. W. J. C. Allen, J. P. 

The Chairman said — Ladies and Gentlemen, I have to 
thank you for the honour you have done me in placing me 
in the chair on this, I will say, very auspicious occasion ; 
but I believe I shall consult your comfort and my own 
ease much better by proceeding at once to the business 
ol the day than by any observations that I may be likely to 
lay before you. At the same time, you will permit me to 
say that it is a peculiarly gratifying thing to me to be here 
on this occasion. (Hear, hear.) The gentleman whom we 
here meet to honour is one of the oldest friends that I have 
in Belfast. We have known each other since we were boys 
at school, and we have been associated with one another, 
not merely as members of the First Congregation and of its 
committee, but also in a business capacity, and I must say 
that, during the whole progress of our intercourse, notwith- 
standing that, as a matter of course, we may have had some 
dilierences of opinion, those differences have never in the 
slightest degree diminished the respect we entertained for 
one another. (Applause.) Before reading the address, I 
may mention that we have received a number of notes 
expressing regret on the part of the writers that they are not 
able to be here to-day. Amongst those who have forwarded 
communications are Mr. E.J. Harland, J. P. — who, I may say, 
took the greatest interest in all the proceedings connected 
with the presentation, and who is unable to be present 
here to-day, as he is in Mullingar — Dr. Drennan, Messrs. 

Alexander O'D. Taylor, R. Lloyd Patterson (President 
of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce), and Henry Bruce. 
I have also to express on the part of my respected colleague, 
Mr. Carr, his regret that an engagement, which he had 
formed before he was aware of this meeting, prevents him 
from being present. With your permission I shall now 
proceed to read the address to Mr. Smith. It is as follows: — 
Dear Sir, — During the long period of forty-one years 
you have discharged the duties of Secretary to the First 
Presbyterian Congregation with great efficiency and unabated 
zeal. We know that this has been to you a labour of love. 

Your hereditary connection with our worshipping society, 
extending beyond two centuries, has identified you with its 
history to an extent far exceeding that which can be claimed 
by any of its other existing members ; and our present place 
of worship is especially endeared to you by the fact that your 
grandfather was the treasurer of the congregation when it 
was rebuilt, and an active and careful superintendent of 
the work. No wonder, then, that the welfare of the society 
and the maintenance of the fabric of our beautiful church 
should be objects of the deepest interest to you. 

That you have spared neither time nor trouble, nor, when 
occasion called for it, your purse, in order to maintain the 
congregation in its place as one of the first of our churches, 
those of us who have been associated with you during your 
protracted tenure of office can abundantly testify ; and we 
are happy to assure you that those who in more recent years 
have attached themselves to the congregation duly appreciate 
your exertions on its behalf. As a slight, and certainly very 
inadequate, expression of our gratitude to you, we have to 
request your acceptance of this portrait. When you look 
on it, it may recall to your recollection many interesting 
events connected with the church in which you have taken 
an active part, and may remind you of old friends with whom 
you have frequently taken sweet counsel. And when the 
day shall come — but may it be far distant — when you can no 
longer contemplate it, may it serve to future generations as 
a memento of the esteem entertained by his fellow -worshippers 
for the services rendered to the First Congregation by George 
Kennedy Smith. 

(Signed on behalf of the subscribers) 

E. J. Harland, Chairman. 

W. J. C. Allen, Treasurer. 

John Rogers, Secretary. 

The address, embodied in a beautifully-bound volume, 
engrossed and illuminated most artistically by Messrs. Marcus 
Ward & Co., was then handed to Mr. Smith, and the portrait 
presented to him amid loud applause. The latter is a half- 
length in oil, by the president of the Royal Hibernian 
Academy, Sir Thomas A. Jones, and represents Mr. Smith 
seated at a table, his left hand raising his eyeglass, while 
with the right he caresses a favourite dog. 

Mr. Smith, who was deeply affected, then read the follow- 
ing reply : — 

Heartily do I thank you, my pastors and fellow-worshippers, 
for the kind expressions contained in your address, and for 
the gift of this work of art. The presentation is the more 


endeared to me as the suggestion of a voice now speaking 
from a bed of infirmity, the voice of one who was my pre- 
ceptor in youth, and with whom, as my beloved pastor, I 
have had uninterrupted sweet counsel throughout my official 

It was a happy omen of my life that, at the age of twenty- 
seven, I was selected as the secretary of a congregation in 
which I had so many pleasing family ties, a religious society 
then comprising 1 19 seatholders, of whom now, alas ! six 
only survive. It was my great happiness to find myself 
associated in my youth with such distinguished ministers as 
my esteemed relative, the late Rev. William Bruce, and the 
life-long friend already referred to, the Rev. J. Scott Porter; 
and with a committee whose names I delight in recilling, 
viz. : — John Holmes Houston, Dr. S. Smith Thomson, 
Valentine Whitla, William Boyd (Fortbreda), J. Thomson 
Tennent, Alexander M'Donnell, Thos. Chermside, W. J. C. 
Allen, George M'Tear, John Riddel, John Curell, Dr. Mar- 
shall, Dr. Burden. John Gait Smith, Francis Whitla, P. L. 
Munster, John Cunningham, Robt. Montgomery (treasurer) ; 
William Hartley, John Hodgson, and Robert Patterson. 
To work with these was, as it has always been with their 
successors, truly "a labour of love." Our worthy chairman 
on this occasion is now the only survivor of that committee, 
and, in thus referring to him, it is my wish to testify to the 
great interest he has always taken in the affairs of the con- 
gregation, of which he was treasurer for upwards of ten 

That the spirit of kindness and friendship which was 
manifested originally towards me should have continued for 
such a long series of years is a fact of which I am proud, 
and that my services should be recognised as having been 
discharged with unabated zeal during forty-one years is to 
me most gratifying, more particularly as it appears that the 
congregation was never in a more healthy condition than at 
present, the constituency now numbering 191 stipend-pnying 
members, exclusive of their families. 

Naturally your address recalls to my mind many events 
connected with the history of our church during my term of 
office. A few years after my appointment an attempt was 
made, by proceedings in Chancery, to wrest from my 
Unitarian brethren the churches we had held from time 
immemorial. Parliament, however, secured our rights by 
passing the Dissenters' Chapels Act. Thank God, the spirit 
that then prevailed has to a great extent subsided. May the 
day not be distant when all denominations will set aside the 
sectarian strifes of Churches, as so many stumbling-blocks 
in the progress of genuine Christianity. 

To render our properties unassailable in all respects, the 
First and Second Congregations procured in 1S51, from the 
Commissioners for the Sale of Encumbered Estates in Ire- 
land, the fee and inheritance of the congregational properties 
in Rosemary Street and Skipper Street, Belfast, thus acquir- 
ing the same absolute estate therein as had been previously 
vested in the Marquis of Donegal], free of rent. By these 
purchases the congregational grounds have become much 
enhanced in value, and their value will be still greater when 
the projected improvements are carried out in the adjoining 

Notwithstanding an expenditureof upwards of one thousand 
pounds within the last seven years, in repairing and improv- 
ing our beautiful house of worship, the returns to be presented 
at our approaching annual general meeting show funded 
properly to the credit of the congregation amounting to 
considerably above that sum. 

In referring to our house of worship, I cannot forget the 
points of interest which it exhibits in the various mural 
tablets and memorial windows erected within my time to 
many whose virtues and services we revere, including the 
Rev. Dr. Bruce, Rev. Dr. Hincks, Rev. William Bruce, 
J. H. Houston, William Tennent, S. S. Thomson, M.D. ; 
John Martin, John Riddel, Samuel Martin, Alithea Maria 
Ferguson, Michael Andrews, Robert Patterson, and John Gait 
Smith. Many other honoured names might be added as 
associated with the old Meeting House of Belfast during this 
century. Memorials of an earlier date are to be found in 
the portraits which adorn the walls of our vestry. Here may 
be seen, among the rest, the features of the heroic M'Bride, 
the gentle Drennan, and the erudite Crombie, founder of the 
Belfast Academy, all ministers of our church. 

The latest important event affecting the interests of our 
worshipping society is the appointment of the Rev. Alex. 
Gordon, M. A., to the junior pastorate of the congregation. 
Like my other two ministers to whom I have alluded, 
co-operation with Mr. Gordon is a real pleasure. Sincerely 
do I hope, and with confidence do I rely, that his exertions 
for the welfare of the congregation will redound to the good 
of our common cause. 

And now, my dear friends, after these allusions to a few 
of the more prominent events connected with my congrega- 
tional career, give me leave to say that this will always be 
to me a memorable day. To have my portrait painted by 
such a distinguished artist as Sir Thomas Alfred Jones, 
P.R.H.A., and placed by your generosity among the collec- 
tion of family portraits you see around, affords me a delight 
as great as I have ever experienced. It has been said that 
"a room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts," 
and so will the walls of this room be to me, both as reflecting 
your own extreme kindness, and as exhibiting the lineaments 
of honoured ancestors, several of whom were members of 
"The Old Meeting House," and all identified with the 
public institutions of Belfast. 

The Chairman asked permission to express to Sir Thos. 
Jones the great satisfaction they entertained for the mode 
in which he had executed this commission. (Applause.) 
They had from time to time had specimens of his handi- 
work, and, though last not least, they had the one in that 
room. (Applause.) 

Sir Thomas A. Jones, President of the Royal Hibernian 
Academy, who was warmly received, said it had given him 
the greatest pleasure to paint that portrait, and he hoped 
that when, in after years, Mr. Smith looked upon it, he 
would remember not only the friends who presented it, but 
also the friend who painted it. (Applause.) 

The company adjourned to luncheon, after which vocal 
and instrumental music and other items brought to a termi- 
nation an exceedingly pleasant evening under the hospitable 
roof of Meadowbank. 


■pARLY in 1SS2, at the Annual Meeting of the Congrega- 
*-' tion, the attention of its members was directed to the 
approaching anniversary of the completion of its beautiful 
Meeting-house, and various schemes for the celebration of 
the Centennial were suggested. The subject was brought up 
in the Committee's Report to the Annual Meeting in the 
spring of 1SS3, and a Special Centennial Committee was 
appointed. An assemblage of friends on a large scale was 
proposed by the Centennial Committee, and the largest hall 
in Belfast was taken. 

The committee decided to invite officially all the ministers 
on the roll of the Nonsubscribing Association, and through 
them to extend a general invitation to their congregations ; 
to solicit a deputation from the British and Foreign Unitarian 
Association ; and to leave the members of the congregation 
free to ask their own friends. A thousand tickets were 
printed, but, as the responses and applications poured in, it 
became necessary to provide for a much larger number. 

The day for the celebration, Wednesday, 20th June, was 
chosen on account of the fact that the Association of Irish 


Nonsubscribing Presbyterians would then be in session in 
Belfast. For a Unitarian demonstration it was peculiarly 
appropriate, as it happened to be the birthday of Theophilus 
Lindsey (founder of Essex Street Chapel, the first erected 
for Unitarian worship in the British Isles), who was born 
20th June, 1723. 

The intention was, not simply to congregate an audience 
for the purpose of listening to speeches, but to afford a full 
opportunity for social converse and pleasant intercourse, the 
renewal of old friendships and the opening of new ones. 
Some of our veterans in the cause, who are now rarely met 
at public gatherings, greeted each other in the crowd of 
younger friends, and bright faces of children were not wanting 
in the scene. Two or three hundred visitors from other 
denominations were present, welcomed by all, and made to 
feel thoroughly at home. 

A large and varied collection of objects of interest was 
exhibited on tables and in cases disposed about the Ulster 
Hall. Coins, medals, Irish antiquities, Japanese curiosities, 
a collection of old laces, valuable books and manuscripts, 
microscopes and stereoscopes, were placed on view. There 
was a special collection of engravings, autographs, and docu- 
ments illustrating the past career of the Church, including 
the Solemn League and Covenant, bearing the original 
signatures obtained at Holywood in 1644 ; and another 
illustrative of the general history of Unitarianism, beginning 
with a curious Dutch engraving of Arius. In the centre of 
the hall were displayed two magnificent services of plate, 
presented to the late Dr. Bruce, on leaving the Academy, 
and on retiring from the active duties of the ministry. 
Around the walls was hung a very extensive and remarkable 
series of portraits of former ministers and members of the 
church, lent by private families and public bodies, the oldest 
painting being that famous one of Rev. John M'Bride, still 
bearing the marks of the sword-thrust which testifies to the 
exasperation of the Sovereign of Belfast, when he found that 
the minister he hoped to take into custody had fled, and his 
picture alone remained, to smile at the baffled representative 
of authority. Attached to the columns supporting the galleries 
were 17 bannerets, bearing the names of all the ministers 
of the church since its foundation. Floral decorations were 
conspicuous throughout the building. Objects of vertu 
were placed in every available corner. Indeed, as an art 
exhibition alone, the loan collection may be pronounced 

On the opening of the hall at six o'clock, and during the 
serving of tea, performances on the grand organ were given 
by Mr. B. Hobson Carroll, Mus. Bac. (now Mus. Doc), 
organist of the church ; and at intervals during the evening 
a programme of music was rendered by a special choir. 
Shortly after eight o'clock, a procession was formed, headed 
by officers and deacons of the church, and including the 
deputation and the clergymen present ; and the chair, placed 
on a dais at the side of the hall, was taken by the pastor of 
the congregation. 

The formal part of the meeting was opened by the singing 
of the hymn "Jesus shall reign," and by prayer offered by 
the Moderator of the Northern Presbytery of Antrim, Rev. 
C. J. M'Alester. Letters of sympathy from various quarters 
were referred to, including a very kind letter from Lord 
Waveney, a descendant of the family of Rev. Patrick Adair, 
and a letter from the Attorney-General for Ireland (now- 
Master of the Rolls), the eldest son of the late Rev. John 
Scott Porter. The Secretary, George Kennedy Smith, was 
then called upon to read a historical statement, which gave, 
in brief, an outline of the congregational history, and 
concluding as follows :— " The occasion will be further 
commemorated by the production of a volume of Historic 
Memorials, dealing in full detail with our not inglorious nor 
uninstructive past. Two other projects, relating to the 
future of our usefulness and our aspiration, are also in view. 
A new hymn-book, to inspire our devotions ; and a hall for 
our congregational meetings, with accommodation for Sunday 

Schools, Committees, and Library, are dreams which we 
hope will soon come true. May an impetus be given from 
this meeting to every righteous purpose of our hearts ; that 
days to come may more than equal the glories of days 
bygone ; and that, confiding in the One God, true to the 
One Master, animated by the One Spirit, we may increase 
in the life of faith and hope and love." 

The Chairman then offered, in the name of the congre- 
gation, a hearty welcome to those friends who represented 
the Association of Irish Nonsubscribing Presbyterians, the 
British and Foreign Unitarian Association, and other bodies. 

William Sinclair Boyd, Esq., in seconding the wel- 
come, said that this, he believed, was the largest assemblage 
ever held in Belfast in connection with the Unitarian com- 
munity. Of those present, a very large proportion were 
members of other Unitarian congregations around them. A 
formal vote need not be passed to welcome them. Their 
influence had been felt outside the pale of their own Church, 
and never was felt more than at the present day. They 
found a marked tendency amongst the laity in the other 
Churches to turn their backs upon the very acts which were 
the causes of the Unitarians separating from communion 
with them. Moreover, they were pleased to find a decrease 
— a marked decrease — in the asperity of pulpit allusions to 
their church and to their doctrines. Referring to the 
members of other Christian Churches who were present that 
night, in the hall and on the platform, Mr. Boyd greeted 
them as among the most welcome of their visitors. 

The Rev. William Napier, hon. secretary of the Non- 
subscribing Association, in a brief and graceful response, 
referred to the great and liberty-loving men who formed the 
Association, and thanked the First Congregation for the 
hearty welcome which had been accorded to the members of 
the Association that evening. The Nonsubscribing Associ- 
ation, as he understood it, was founded by men who had 
conceived the idea that the Church might be built on the 
principle of cherishing the unity ol the Spirit in the bond of 
peace, whilst allowing each member to do what in his con- 
science he thought was right ; and that principle they had 
consistently carried out since the day of its foundation. 

Sir James Clarke Lawrence, Bart., M.P., who spoke 
next, was very warmly received. He began by saying : — 
Everyone knows what an Irish welcome is. It means not 
merely words uttered by the tongue, but sentiments springing 
from the heart ; and, therefore, when I heard the words of 
welcome uttered by the President to-night, I knew full well 
that it was a real welcome, that it was meant, and that you 
desire to express that which you really and heartily feel. 
Reference has been made to the intimate association of 
myself with an honoured name, known not merely to this 
Association, but recognised throughout this country amongst 
Presbyterians of the liberal school ; and recognised not 
only by them, but, I must say, by other inhabitants of 
the town of Belfast ; for I never yet entered this town 
without hearing from other quarters the highest expressions 
of praise of the Rev. John Scott Porter. I have sometimes 
said to my Irish friends that I feel myself half an Irishman ; 
for, having passed so many of my years in connection with 
friends from Ireland, and having had two tutors who were 
Irishmen, I think if anything could make me an Irishman, 
that should almost effect the object. Here I am before you 
as the representative of the British and Foreign Unitarian 
Association, and it is well, in these times, that men should 
know what that term means. There is not a town in Ireland, 
there is not a city or town in England, where there are no 
thousands who literally do not know what pure and simple 
Christianity means ; and the aim of the Unitarian Association 
has been to say to such men : " Be not discouraged ; 
take not Christianity as represented by ancient synods or 
ecclesiastical organisations, but go to Christ himself, learn 
what he tells you, and follow what he tells you to do." The 
aim of the Unitarian Association was, and is, to tell all such 
people that there is a Christianity not merely akin to, but 


identical with, that which Christ himself taught in Judea 
more than 1800 years ago ; that his voice may be yet heard, 
his example yet followed. Without professing belief in any 
cramping systems of doctrine, men may be true Christians, 
if they only exercise loyalty to him as the only true exponent 
of what really is their duty to him as their Lord and Master, 
and to God as their Father. Such is the simple Gospel that 
Unitarians have to preach. They may live, and I hope will 
live, on the best of terms with men who hold views different 
from their own ; and the only rivalry they desire to see, is 
as to who shall come nearest the Master, who shall tell 
again, in clearest language, what was uttered in Judea, and 
who shall say in accents none will fail to understand, "I 
follow Christ in every action of my life. There is no act of 
my business which is not of his example. There is no 
position in life in which his example is not kept before me." 
Do you think people will turn^away from this doctrine ; that 
thousands who now hold aloof from all religious opinion 
will stand off if you proclaim this doctrine? This religion, 
of course, is not the religion only of a Church, is not the 
religion of a Synod merely, but must pervade every workshop, 
and enter into every mercantile transaction. I can assure 
you, that if that is the Gospel you proclaim in Belfast, this 
congregation and this assembly will yet take a position, the 
first amidst all religious organisations. You will bear aloft 
a standard which admits of no rival, which boldly proclaims 
discipleship to Christ, and the Christianity which Christ 
taught. Are you, the representatives of the free Christianity 
of Belfast, prepared for this work ? If so, triumph is before 
you, in such away as the most sanguine has never expected. 

David Martineau, Esq., who was also warmly wel- 
comed, said— I rejoice exceedingly to be present at this 
meeting ot Unitarians in Belfast. It cheers my heart to see 
this hall filled by those whom I believe to be earnest men 
and women. Two sentiments have brought us together — 
a feeling of going forward with the multitude, and a feeling 
that the assistance of friends is required to help forward this 
great and important movement. Those of you who are 
members of the First^ Congregation in Belfast, will feel that 
you are affected by'both these sentiments, when drawn 
together at this centenary of the building of your chapel — an 
occasion of such importance that you may make it a fresh 
starting-point in the history of your congregation. Your 
fathers held aloft the banner of freedom, and you in this 
hall will lift the flag which your forefathers have handed 
on from times of greater danger than the present. 

Rev. Dr. Alfred Porter Putnam, on being most 
cordially received by the meeting, referred to his previous 
visit to Belfast, twenty-one years ago. "On that occasion 
I heard the Rev. John Scott Porter preach a most excellent 
sermon, in which he presented Jesus Christ as the Lord and 
Master. It made a most deep and abiding impression on 
my mind and heart, and that expression is just as distinct 
and deep now as it was at that time. As we went from the 
church, Mr. Porter introduced me to his predecessor, the 
Rev. William Bruce, and then he took me out to dine with 
that noble man, Michael Andrews, of Ardoyne. I have Mr. 
Andrews' photograph, but even without it I should never 
have forgotten how he looked. All three are gone, but 
their memories abide, and will abide." In some further 
remarks, Dr. Putnam congratulated all present upon what 
he had seen and heard that day, of their glorious past, and 
upon what he believed to be their still more glorious future, 
winding up with a hearty " God bless you all ! " 

Rev. Dr. Bryce said his appearance on that platform, as 
a stern old-fashioned Calvinist, would, he was sure, surprise 
some people. There were many things said that evening 
which, to use a Scotch term, he could not "homologate." 
But he could homologate what the chairman had said about 
the honest spirit, which he recognised as being kindred with 
h's own ; and he could homologate what Sir James had said 
" of Christ, " 

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;h, perhaps, he 

might interpret some of those words very differently from 
the way in which Unitarians interpreted them. He thought 
that, as regards the practical part of religion, there was con- 
siderable unanimity between them. The chairman had 
pointed out the connection in which he had stood to some 
members of that congregation. Dr. Crombie was the 
founder of the Belfast Academy, over which he (the speaker) 
had the honour of presiding for rather more than fifty years. 
Dr. Crombie took the first step taken in Ireland to establish 
and extend a course of University training in Ireland. The 
Rev. John Scott Porter and the speaker were always on the 
most friendly and intimate terms, although they differed 
widely in their theological opinions. About 1S74 he joined 
very heartily with Mr. Porter in an effort to maintain the 
National system of education in Ireland. On that occasion 
ministers of all Protestant denominations united together 
in the matter. He would appeal to his English and Scotch 
friends to take warning as to how that question stood at 
present, for the non-sectarian character of that institution 
was again threatened in a most formidable way. 

After the welcome had been thus given and responded to, 
a vote of thanks to the contributors to the Loan Collection 
was proposed. This was done wilh exceedingly good taste 
in a capital speech by F. D. Ward, Esq., M.R.I.A., J.P., 
who was ably seconded by John Rogers, Esq., in a brief 
address, in which he referred to the great hopes of future 
effort excited by the meeting. 

The speeches being concluded, the chairman vacated his 
post, and a general conversazione and promenade took 
place. Shortly before eleven o'clock the singing of the 
National Anthem brought the proceedings of a memorable 
evening to a close. 

Among the number of those present were the follow- 
ing ministers :— Revs. F. M. Blair, R. J. Bryce, LL.D. 
(United Presbyterian); James Callwell, R. Campbell, R. 
Cleland, Jas. Cooper, English Crooks, J. A. Crozier, B.A. ; 
T. Dunkerley, B.A. ; Moore Getty, A. Gordon, D. Gordon, 
lohn Hall, James Kedwards, J. A. Kelly, A. Lancaster, C. 
J. M'Alester, D. Matts, J. M'Caw, H. A. M'Gowan, W. O. 
M'Gowan, J. Miskimmin, Hugh Moore, M.A. ; W. Napier, 
J. A. Newell, R. J. Orr, M.A. ; John Porter, A. P. Putnam, 
D.D. ; T. H. M. Scott, M.A. ; J. E. Stronge, F. Thomas, 
and D. Thompson. Among the laity present may be 
named Messrs. Tohn S. Brown, J. P. ; Dr. Samuel Browne, 
J.P. ; Dr. W. Gordon, J.P. : Edward Greer, J. P. ; John 
Jellie, J.P. ; J. R. Musgrave, J.P. ; F. D. Ward, T-P- ; 
Hugh Hyndman, LL.D.; Dr. Ball, Dr. R. B. Davidson, 
Dr. H. E. Manley, Dr. Brice Smyth, W. Gray, M.R.I.A. ; 
W. H. Patterson, M.R.I.A. ; Robert Young, C E. ; John 
Smyth, sen., Lenaderg ; John Smyth, M.A. ; C. H. Brett, 
John Campbell, Herbert Darbishire, E. A. Fuhr, A. M. 
Munster, Henry Musgrave, W. Riddel, &c, &c. The list 
of contributors to the Loan Collection is as follows : — Mrs. 
Andrews, Miss Benn, Mrs. H. Boyd, Mrs. C. H. Brett, 
Mrs. E. J. Bristow, Mr. Tohn Brown, Miss Bruce, Dr. 
Burden, MissCarruthers, Mr. E. T. Church, Rev. A. Gordon, 
Miss Grattan, Mrs. John Hamilton, Mrs. W. Hartley, Mr. 
John Hunter, Dr. Hugh Hyndman, Mr. A. Jaffe, Mr. John 
Jaffe( President of the Chamber of Commerce), Miss MacAdam, 
Mrs. lames Malcolm, Mr. M'Calmont (Abbeylands), Mr. E. 
J. M'Ervel, Miss M'Tear, Miss F. M. M'Tear, Mr. J. S. 
M'Tear, Mr. Thomas M'Tear, Mr. A. M. Munster, Mr. J. 
R. Musgrave, Museum (Directors of), Mr. W. H. Patterson, 
Mr. R. L. Patterson, Mr. J. J. Phillips, Mr. W. T. Polley, 
Queen's College (President of), Mr. G. Raphael, Mr. Robert 
Reid, Mr. Riddel, Mr. R. Smeeth, Mr. G. K. Smith, Mrs. 
W. Smith, Miss Smyth, Mr. W. Swanston, Mr. A. T. 
Stannus, Mr. R. Tennent (Rushpark), Mr. H. F. Thomas, 
Mr. Thompson (Macedon), Ulster Bank (Directors of), Mr. 
J. Vinycomb, Mr. R. J. Walsh, Mr. F. D. Ward, Mr. G. 
G. Ward, Mr. J. H. Ward, Mr. M. T. Ward, Mr. J. F. 

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